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Legionella at Christchurch pool

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/08/2016

The spa pool at Jellie Park Recreation and Sport Centre in Christchurch has tested positive for Legionella bacterium.

The spa pool was closed on Thursday afternoon after the test result and is being cleaned.

Other swimming pools at Jellie Park, Pioneer and Graham Condon recreation and sport centres are not affected but as a precaution, spa pools at the centres are being "super-chlorinated" and tested.

Canterbury medical officer of health Dr Ramon Pink says the presence of Legionella at a Christchurch City Council facility, with such strict systems in place, served as a reminder to all spa pool owners to regularly check for the bacteria.

Legionella bacteria can cause a serious type of pneumonia called Legionnaires' disease. You can catch the disease by inhaling airborne droplets or particles containing the bacteria.

"We don't consider there to be any current risk to public health and commend the council for its prompt decision to close the spa pool until further test results are clear," he says.

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