Legionnaires’ disease in baby is linked to heated birthing pool

Public Health England and NHS warn of hazard as newborn needs intensive care after birth in pool infected with bacteria

Expectant mothers have been warned not to use certain types of heated birthing pools at home after a baby born in one acquired legionnaires’ disease.

Public Health England and NHS England issued the warning for pools which have built-in heaters and recirculation pumps and can be filled with water two weeks in advance of the birth.

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