Legionella Outbreak caused by Retail Display Hot Tubs Again

In the US, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released its final report into an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that occurred 6 – 15 Sept. 2019.

This outbreak caused 136 confirmed cases of the disease, with four fatalities.


This outbreak was surely predictable and preventable, there are countless examples of hot tubs / spas / etc. filled with water in retail display setting often during trade shows causing Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks, some examples:

1999 – Trade Show Display, Kappellen, Belgium

1999 – Retail display at Flower show, Netherlands https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11749746/

2002 – Retail Display, Bagshot, Surry

2012 – Retail display, Stoke on Trent, UK https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22995431

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