New Legionnaires' rule call after south Wales outbreak
Published: BBC - 14th Sept 10
A solicitor representing people after a Legionnaires' disease outbreak is calling for tighter regulations.
A 49-year-old woman, Bev Morgan, from Rhymney, in Caerphilly county, has died in the outbreak in south Wales. Two other people in south Wales have also died from the disease this month, but are not linked to the outbreak.
Philip Banks, of solicitors Irwin Mitchell, said there should be better regulation of cooling towers and other equipment blamed for the disease. Some of the victims of the outbreak in south Wales say it should not take an outbreak to highlight failures.
Mr Banks called for improved regulation of cooling towers, which have been at the centre of investigations into the cause of the outbreak, which is centred along the Heads of the Valleys road. "A system could be put in place, for example an MoT system where companies have to have a certification system in place [where] they are maintained, inspected, disinfected and cleaned," he said.
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