Legionella bacteria has been found in wet areas at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital.

The bacteria, which causes respiratory disease, was found in a shower in a hydrotherapy pool area and in a second shower not usually used by patients, the hospital said on Wednesday.

Up to 30 families who came into contact with the areas, which have been disinfected, have been alerted.

‘There are no confirmed cases of infection, and the risk remains low,’ a hospital spokeswoman said in a statement, the Age reports.

‘The Royal Children’s Hospital has contacted all patients and families who have come into contact with the affected areas.

‘As a precautionary measure, The Royal Children’s Hospital has closed its hydrotherapy pool to allow the additional cleaning and testing to occur. The hydrotherapy pool, cooling towers, airconditioning and all other parts of the hospital are unaffected.’

The hospital added that Legionella is a common organism in the wider community and is present in many environmental water sources.

It added that there have been no reported cases of Legionnaires disease in anyone under 20 in Victoria.

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  • at least they get onto these issues fairly quickly and they deal with it well. Hospitals do have these type of things happen a lot but they manage the situation well as far as i know


  • A lot of businesses who have equipment regarding heating or even cooling have testing done regularly. Our refrigeration warehouse which accumulated moisture outdoors where I worked were tested regularly.


  • Seems like a routine test caught this problem in time and no-one has been affected by it at this stage. Do hope it stays that way. Always a problem in big cities with high rise buildings.


  • Not something you’d want to hear when you already have a s ick child.


  • Hopefully they have dealt with it early enough to preven anyone getting sick.


  • Hospitals are concerning enough often a source of bacteria.


  • I’ve heard a few diseases are found in hospitals it’s a concern


  • Worrying that’s for sure. It is ironic that hospitals are so vulnerable to this sort of thing.

    • Hospitals treat a lot of illness and diseases and cleaning is a constant process.


  • Good that everybody was contacted. Let’s hope no one was affected!!


  • Super scary in a hospital!


  • Wow that’s rather alarming for a hospital.
    Do hope there are no illnesses.


  • that is a bit scary!


  • Hopefully no-one is affected by it to date.


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