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Brighton school disinfected after Legionnaires’ disease found in showers
A school has had to “industrially disinfect” its water system and close its pool after the bacteria which causes Legionnaires’ disease was found in the showers.
Patcham High School’s pool has been shut and will remain closed until three consecutive water tests have been clear from Legionella bacteria.
Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal lung infection caused by the bacteria.
Headteacher of the Brighton and Hove City Council-run school Paula Sargent said it could be closed for as long as three weeks.
She said pupils’ safety was paramount.
In a letter to parents of pupils at the secondary in Ladies Mile Road, she said: “Our water system is regularly tested for bacterial levels.
“In a recent test, the levels of waterborne bacteria were found to be higher than they should be in some of the showers in the changing rooms adjacent to the swimming pool.
“Although the risk to health is very slight, following advice I closed the showers off to ensure everyone’s health was protected.
“The water system was industrially disinfected last weekend and this should have remedied the problem.
“However, until we have received three consecutive ‘clear’ readings from the water testing I am unable to reopen the showers.
“Since students must have access to showers following their swimming lessons, I am therefore unable to let them swim at the present time.”
She added that she was not willing to put students’ health at risk.
She confirmed to The Argus that the legionella bacteria had been found, adding: “This is a safeguarding measure.
“The pupils love the pool but their safety is paramount.”
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