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Hot tub ‘probable source’ of Stoke Legionella outbreak

A hot tub is the “probable” source of an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Staffordshire, health officials have said.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) said investigations were taking place at JTF Warehouse in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, and the company was co-operating.

A statement from the firm said: “JTF is extremely concerned and the product has been withdrawn from all stores.”

The HPA said there had been 18 cases in the outbreak. One patient has died.