News

Legionella bacteria found at South Burnett hospitals

Legionella bacteria has been found at Wondai and Cherbourg hospitals.
Legionella bacteria has been found at Wondai and Cherbourg hospitals. Danielle Lowe

UPADTE: 4.05PM

Kingaroy and Murgon hospitals have also returned a positive result to Legionella bacteria.

Darling Downs Hospital and Health Services Chief Executive Dr Peter Bristow said no hospital wards have been closed and all facilities are operating as normal.

"Where positive results have been found we are heat disinfecting the water pipes and we will replace or disinfect taps," he said.

 

INITIAL STORY: 2.55PM

DISINFECTION has begun at two hospitals and outpatient facilities in the South Burnett where traces of the potentially-deadly legionella bacteria have been found.

The bacteria has been found at Wondai and Cherbourg hospitals.

The testing was sparked by the death of a Brisbane cancer patient from legionnaire's disease at the Wesley Hospital.

Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service chief executive Peter Bristow said there was no cause for alarm.

"There's very little risk to patients and past patients, we commonly treat patients for legionella," he said.

"The risk to patients is very low."

South Burnett

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Police appeal for information to find missing elderly man

MISSING: Police appeal for information to find the man.

Police appeal for information to help locate elderly man.

Kingaroy police want traffic changes at busy intersection

Green traffic light.

Traffic Advisory Committee met to discuss proposal

Latest deals and offers

Kingaroy records highest July temperature in almost 40 years

IT MAY be the middle of winter, but Kingaroy has enjoyed unseasonable warmth today, just on the tip of reaching record-breaking temperatures.

Police appeal for information to find missing elderly man

MISSING: Police appeal for information to find the man.

Police appeal for information to help locate elderly man.

Kingaroy police want traffic changes at busy intersection

Green traffic light.

Traffic Advisory Committee met to discuss proposal

Top 10 requests council receives from the public

Top 10 requests council receives from the public

New village development for Kingaroy

The designer's image of the proposed development.

A new village development for Kingaroy is on the cards.

Superheroes of the big screen enjoy sounds of Splendour

CHRIS Hemsworth and his Avengers mates drop by Byron festival.

Dynamic pics from Splendour Day 1

The Strokes perform at Splendour in the Grass 2016. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Check out the latest pictures from Splendour in the Grass.

Bindi Irwin: 18 magic photos to mark her 18th birthday

Bindi Irwin with a python.

Photos: Bindi Irwin from babyhood to 18

Aussie director makes his mark on new Roots mini-series

Malachi Kirby as Kunta Kinte in a scene from the TV series Roots.

BRUCE Beresford behind final episode of remake of iconic series.

The Avalanches pull plug on live broadcast of Splendour set

The Avalanches are an Australian electronic music group.

RADIO listeners won't be able to tune in to the band's show tonight.

Who's got Richie's heart all aflutter?

Richie Strahan stars in season four of The Bachelor.

THE Bachelor has found his dream woman second time around.

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles