Legionella test school stays closed
Saturday 14th September 2013, 3:41PM BST.
A new school where a Legionnaires’ disease causing bacteria was found will remain closed to pupils on Monday, officials have said.
Eastern High School in Cardiff was shut on Wednesday – just two days after it opened – after tests found traces of the legionella bug.
Bosses have insisted the discovery is a “low risk” to health.
A school spokesman said: “Unfortunately Eastern High will need to remain closed on Monday in order for essential maintenance work to be completed following the discovery of legionella bacteria during a routine test at the school.
“Work will continue throughout the weekend on the school’s water system.
“The legionella bacteria is of low risk to health and is commonly present in the environment.
“It cannot be transmitted from person to person or as a result of drinking water or hand washing.”
Public Health Wales said it had been notified of the matter, and said it was not investigating any cases of Legionnaires’ disease.
Legionella bacteria is commonly found in the natural environment. It only becomes a health risk when it multiplies in a closed environment, later being inhaled in water droplets.
The Legionnaires’ infection can lead to a potentially fatal strain of pneumonia.
However, it can be easily controlled through chlorination of water storage areas.
Eastern High, which brings together 1,500 pupils from Rumney and Llanrumney high schools, only opened its doors for the first time on Monday.