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Guest Solent Richard

Legionaires' Disease On Fred Olsen

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Our local news media reported yesterday that Fred Olsen Cruise Line had made an 'out of court' settlement in the case of an elderly man who had to be airlifted from one of their cruise ships after he fell ill with legionnaires' disease.

 

The man, Frank Standen, of Tunbridge Wells, started suffering from symptoms days into the cruise from Southampton to Cape Verde in November 2011

 

He was initially treated by the ship's doctors but flown to hospital in Gran Canariahen his condition worsened.

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3196452/Fred-Olsen-cruise-ship-passenger-airlifted-MS-Black-Watch-suffering-Legionnaires-disease.html#v-4418570206001

 

Mr Standen spent a total of 7 weeks in hospital in Las Palmas and a further 5 weeks at Sevenoaks Hospital.

 

In a statement Fred Olsen said there was no evidence Mr Standen contracted the illness on board which seems peculiar when one considers the settlement was for a Five-Figure sum.

 

More amazingly when I googled the incident this morning lo and behold it transpired it was not the first such incident on Fred Olsen's ship, Black Watch...

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/cruises/cruise-news/7465641/Cruise-line-pays-out-over-Legionnaires-disease-death.html

 

The previous incident occurred in 2007 and tragically resulted in a loss of life. 

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Poor bloke, not sure what legionnaires disease is though? how can you get in on a ship?!

 

Hi The bacteria is usually found in water based systems ie air conditioning units, storage tanks, cooling towers etc.  NCL had an outbreak of this disease a few years back and although the exact source of the infection was never proven: epidemiology evidence suggested it was likely to be due to contaminated water in the Jacuzzis.  Other outbreaks have been reported, a passenger on Liberty of the Seas (RCI) contracted the disease but the cruise line did not accept liability.

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Hi The bacteria is usually found in water based systems ie air conditioning units, storage tanks, cooling towers etc.  NCL had an outbreak of this disease a few years back and although the exact source of the infection was never proven: epidemiology evidence suggested it was likely to be due to contaminated water in the Jacuzzis.  Other outbreaks have been reported, a passenger on Liberty of the Seas (RCI) contracted the disease but the cruise line did not accept liability.

That is one of the reason's I would never use a Jacuzzi. To many people using them at any one time,not the most healthy of things it is like using someone else's bathwater.wacko.png wacko.png

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I would not get too uptight about this regarding Jacuzzis, as the source of legionella is overwhelmingly likely to be a badly designed water tank, with poor Jacuzzi maintenance a far less likely cause.

On that basis I would guess that the problem did not originate on board otherwise there would have been many more cases. However,an ill-advised modification to a water tank could be a possible cause, but if that happened it is not likely that it would be made public.

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