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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