Another outbreak of an old disease? The plagues have come people, wash your hands often.
QUEBEC – A Quebec coroner’s report into a deadly outbreak of legionnaires’ disease that claimed 14 lives says the government must set up strict rules for owners of buildings with cooling towers.
And Catherine Rudel-Tessier is recommending the government impose fines and sanctions for those who don’t follow the rules.
She says public health authorities did not have the proper tools to combat the outbreak in the Quebec City area last year.
It originated in an office tower owned by the province’s teachers union.
Even though the outbreak was known about in mid-July last year, the owners of the building didn’t shut the towers because they were convinced they’d been cleaned and disinfected.
Rudel-Tessier says global warming is intensifying the demand for air conditioning. That, coupled with an aging population, is increasing the number of those susceptible to this kind of infection.
Legionnaires’ disease is contracted by breathing in small…
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