Swindon leisure centre on Legionella alert

Potentially lethal Legionella bacteria have been found in showers at a leisure centre in Swindon.

The bug, which can cause Legionnaires' disease, was found following a routine check at The Link centre in the town.

Swindon Borough Council said higher than normal levels of the bacteria had been found but the "health of centre users had not been put at risk".

Temporary showers have been installed and the centre remains fully open, a spokesman said.

The Link Centre is one of the county's largest sports centres, which features the only ice rink in Wiltshire.

A council spokesman said: "The tests for the bacteria were carried out as a matter of routine and have caught the problem at an early stage.

"All other water supplies in the Link, such as from taps and to lavatories, and the swimming pool, are unaffected."

He added the authority would be investigating the cause of the higher-than-normal readings with specialist contractors and "work to resolve the issue as soon as possible".

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