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Take care when gardening

Thursday, 8 October, 2015 - 14:56

West Coasters are being urged to follow some simple steps in order to avoid getting a serious illness linked to gardening.

Dr Cheryl Brunton, West Coast Medical Officer of Health, says this is the time of year when cases of Legionnaires’ disease increase.

Legionnaires' season arrives

Tuesday, 29 September, 2015 - 12:28

The start of October is the beginning of Canterbury’s legionnaires’ season.

No new Legionnaires' cases linked to cooling towers

Thursday, 25 June, 2015 - 15:23

With no new notifications for a month, health officials are confident that the source of the Legionella bacteria, which hospitalised six Cantabrian’s, is no longer a public health risk.

Appeal to Canterbury businesses with cooling towers

Friday, 12 June, 2015 - 11:53

Canterbury District Health Board and Christchurch City Council officials are working with representatives from the air conditioning industry to contact businesses in an industrial area in Hillsborough to ensure water-based cooling systems are being properly maintained.

Legionnaires' cases rise sharply in Canterbury

Friday, 21 November, 2014 - 17:51

Just as the weather improves and more of us are taking to our gardens, there has been a surge in the number of cases of Legionnaires’ disease (Legionella) at Christchurch Hospital.

Gardeners reminded of risks when using potting mix or compost

Tuesday, 21 October, 2014 - 09:17

Bay of Plenty and Lakes residents are being reminded of the risks of potting mix and compost when gardening this Labour weekend and into the summer months.

Major funding for innovative Otago health research

Monday, 9 June, 2014 - 12:05

More than $31.3M in new health research funding has been awarded to Otago researchers to support a range of world-class studies aimed at improving New Zealanders’ health and well-being.

Protect yourself from Legionnaires' disease while gardening

Thursday, 24 October, 2013 - 16:00

If you enjoy gardening, help keep yourself safe from a potentially serious illness. Compost, potting mix and garden soils often contain the bacteria which cause legionellosis - also known as Legionnaires’ disease. Infection can occur when dust from compost and potting mixes is inhaled.

Coroner’s report on Legionnaires' death a timely reminder

Wednesday, 23 October, 2013 - 15:27

A Coroner’s report finding potting mix was the likely cause of death of a Canterbury woman is a timely reminder of the importance of taking care when using potting mix and compost.

New testing uncovers higher rates of legionnaires' disease.

Friday, 16 August, 2013 - 09:32

Christchurch scientists have developed an innovative testing process to uncover patients with legionnaires’ disease who would otherwise go undiagnosed.