Now we have to battle Legionnaires: Bacteria warning as Wicklow businesses reopen
A Wicklow TD has issued a warning to businesses in the county that are reopening about the dangers of Legionnaires’ disease.
“Something that has been raised with me and by the HSE in recent weeks is the potential risk of Legionnaires’ disease in the water tanks of businesses such as beauty salons, hotels and recreation centres,” Green Party Spokesperson for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Steven Matthews TD said.
“Legionnaires’ disease is a lung infection, caused by inhaling small droplets of water, suspended in the air, which contain Legionella bacteria and can be extremely dangerous.
“Obviously first and foremost our concern needs to be on Covid-19 and the potential risk of spreading that disease but business owners must take measures to ensure that water tanks that in some cases have been lying unused since March are fully clean and safe for customers.
“The last thing any business owner needs at the moment is a further period of closure so the best thing to do is to ensure the safety of their customers and staff before reopening which I am sure business owners will be doing anyway,” Deputy Matthews concluded.