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Warsaw. Legionella detected in the kindergarten at Sempołowska

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Legionella bacteria were detected in public kindergarten number 20 at Sempołowska Street in Warsaw’s Śródmieście district. Despite this, the facility is open. The Sanitary Inspectorate issued recommendations.

“Water tests for the presence of Legionella bacteria showed a positive result. The kindergarten cooperates closely with the Sanitary Inspectorate and follows its recommendations,” the facility announced on social media.

The statement emphasized that Legionella cannot be infected from a sick person or even by drinking contaminated water. “Infection occurs only by inhaling an aerosol of contaminated water,” it added.

It was noted that in kindergarten conditions, infection can only occur by taking a shower.

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The facility has not been closed

The Sanitary and Epidemiological Station does not recommend closing the facility, but it has issued recommendations. The showers are to be closed for seven days, the showers must be opened and disinfected. The tests should be repeated after seven days. The facility informed that on Wednesday there will also be a so-called overheating the water, i.e. heating it to a temperature of 70 degrees Celsius, at which the bacteria die.

So far, 166 confirmed cases of Legionella infections have been reported. Most in Rzeszów – 112 and Rzeszów poviat – 38. The remaining 16 cases concern other poviats. As Jaromir Ślączka, director of the District Sanitary and Epidemiological Station in Rzeszów, reported on Wednesday, 21 people with confirmed Legionella pneumophila infection have already died. All people who died had comorbidities.

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