The Brisbane Times reports:
Concerns have been raised about the safety of thousands of hot water systems following the outbreak of legionnaires’ disease at Brisbane’s Wesley Hospital.
The bacteria were found in taps at the hospital and an electrical engineer has linked the outbreak to a now-defunct state government energy efficiency program.
The electrician, who worked on the government’s Climate Smart program, said the hot water system at the Wesley was reduced to 50 degrees to save power.
He claims the government ignored warnings the move could encourage the growth of harmful bacteria.
The man, who didn’t want to be named, fears thousands of households and public buildings could also be at risk.
The outbreak has killed one patient, and a second patient is being treated in intensive care.