What are the dangers of Legionella Bacteria?

Posted: 14.08.2023

In recent news, concerns have arisen about the safety and well-being of asylum seekers aboard the Bibby Stockholm barge in Dorset, as traces of Legionella bacteria were discovered in the on-board water system. Legionella bacteria, known to cause Legionnaires’ disease, a form of pneumonia, can pose serious health risks, particularly when individuals are exposed to infected water sources. This incident highlights the critical importance of maintaining safe and hygienic living conditions, especially for vulnerable populations like asylum seekers.

At Genex, we understand the gravity of such situations and are dedicated to providing top-notch Legionella services to ensure the health and safety of all individuals. Our comprehensive approach to Legionella risk assessment, prevention, and management encompasses state-of-the-art techniques and cutting-edge technologies.


The recent events aboard the Bibby Stockholm barge serve as a reminder of the potential risks associated with Legionella contamination. Our team of experts is well-equipped to conduct thorough assessments of water systems, identifying potential sources of Legionella growth and recommending effective mitigation strategies. We work closely with local authorities and organisations to implement stringent preventive measures, ensuring that water systems are free from any harmful bacteria.

It’s crucial to note that Legionnaires’ disease does not spread from person to person, but rather through inhalation of contaminated water droplets. This is why proper water system management is paramount, especially in shared living spaces like the Bibby Stockholm barge, where the health of multiple individuals is at stake.

Our commitment extends beyond assessment and prevention. In cases where contamination is detected, we employ rapid response strategies to address the issue promptly. As seen in the recent incident, swift action is imperative to safeguard the health of those residing on the barge.

The well-being of asylum seekers is a collective responsibility, and we believe that every individual deserves access to safe and sanitary living conditions. Asylum seekers are already facing numerous challenges, and it is our duty to ensure that their immediate environment does not pose additional health risks.

While the Bibby Stockholm incident sheds light on the urgency of Legionella management, it also reinforces the importance of proactive measures. We urge all stakeholders, including government bodies, facility managers, and service providers, to prioritise Legionella risk assessment and prevention.

At Genex, we provide top-tier Legionella services, safeguarding the health and well-being of communities, particularly those most vulnerable.

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