What is Legionnaires disease?
Legionnaires disease is a form of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria, which kills about 13% of those infected. The disease is caught by breathing in aerosols (which are formed from fine water droplets) containing the Legionella bacteria.
Wherever these water droplets are formed (showers, jacuzzis, flushing a toilet, cooling towers, fountains, etc.), there is the risk of Legionella infection.
Our risk evaluation and control programs have been developed in accordance with the requirements of the EWGLI (European Working Group for Legionella Infections), who focus on travel-associated Legionnaires disease. The EWGLI surveillance scheme works closely together with tour operators to monitor Legionella outbreaks, and if a hotel is found to have a Legionella outbreak, with no control or monitoring procedures in place (according to the EWGLI guidelines), then that hotel is listed on the EWGLI London website. Tour operators access this site, and will not use hotels which are listed on this site.
In order to manage the control of Legionella bacteria, our Legionella Risk Audits, identify the key areas in preventing Legionnaires disease from taking place.