Corby hotel pool closed after legionnaires’ outbreak

Last week the pool and spa at Corby’s Holiday Inn was closed for an investigation into cases of legionnaires’ disease.

Public Health England is working with Corby Council to investigate the two cases and environmental health officers are advising the hotel on what action it must take before its facilities can re-open.

Legionnaires’ disease is caused by legionella bacterium which cannot be passed from person to person but through breathing in droplets of contaminated water.

The hotel has advised customers so they are aware of the symptoms of the infection which can be treated with antibotics.

They include a flu-like illness with muscle aches, tiredness, headaches, dry cough and fever, leading to pneumonia. Sometimes diarrhoea occurs and confusion may develop.

County consultant in communicable disease control Dr Barbara Paterson said: “Legionnaires’ disease is not uncommon but the risk of catching it from using a spa pool is low.

“However, it is important that anyone who develops these symptoms should seek medical advice as it is easily treated if diagnosed promptly.”

The hotel’s general manager Martyn Hewitt said: “The swimming pool and spa pool have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected and we await confirmation from testing by the council and our water quality advisers that we can re-open them.”

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