Legionnaires’ disease in UK baby triggers warning over some home birth pools

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 19 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4118
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Public Health England has issued a warning about the type of home birthing pool that is filled in advance of labour, after a case of legionnaires’ disease occurred in a baby.

The baby has received intensive care treatment in hospital, and Legionella pneumophila was isolated in samples from the birthing pool. This was the first reported case of legionnaires’ disease linked to a birthing pool in England, although two cases were reported internationally in the late 1990s.

Public Health England’s patient safety alert advised against the use of pools that arrive around two weeks before the expected delivery date, filled immediately, and maintained at a constant temperature via a pump …

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