Ad­vice on Le­gionella re­leased

The Queensland Times - - NEWS - – Hay­den John­son

IP­SWICH City Coun­cil has pub­licly re­leased the ad­vice from Queens­land Health af­ter two of its em­ploy­ees were in­fected with harm­ful lev­els of Le­gionella.

The coun­cil re­peated its state­ment af­ter the QT yes­ter­day re­vealed the pub­lic was not made aware of po­ten­tial health risks de­spite plants caus­ing two em­ploy­ees to be­come sick.

Thou­sands of plants were dis­trib­uted to the pub­lic.

“Coun­cil is al­ways work­ing hard to im­prove com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion and ac­knowl­edges this as an area it is fo­cus­ing on mak­ing stronger in the fu­ture,” a coun­cil spokesman said.

Ad­vice from Queens­land Health was re­quested three months af­ter the em­ploy­ees were in­fected with harm­ful lev­els of Le­gionella.

“Gen­er­ally, the ex­po­sure risk from L. long­beachae to the pub­lic when col­lect­ing pot plants as part of the coun­cil’s plant pro­gram would be neg­li­gi­ble and the Pub­lic Health Unit sup­ports the ap­proach taken by coun­cil,” the ad­vice said.

“This is be­cause the pub­lic would not be di­rectly ex­posed to the pot­ting mix that the plants are con­tained in and no pot­ting of plants is lo­cated in the im­me­di­ate pub­lic ac­cess area.”

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