Newark Hill Primary closed after legionella bug found

Legionella, the bacteria which can cause the potentially fatal Legionaires' disease, has been found in a school water system.

The bug was discovered during routine testing at the Newark Hill Primary School in Peterborough.

Peteborough City Council said the school had been closed temporarily until 10 September as a "precaution".

The school's hot water system has been treated with chlorine, which kills the bacteria.

Chlorination of the cold water system will take place on Tuesday, the council said.

The school was expected to open to pupils on Wednesday after the summer holiday.

Once the safety measures have been finished, the systems will be retested. The results of those tests are expected on Friday.

The council said routine tests were carried out at all schools in the area on a monthly basis.

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