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South Woodford school opens fully after legionella outbreak

PUBLISHED: 18:53 02 March 2015 | UPDATED: 18:53 02 March 2015

Nightingale Primary School in Ashbourne Road, South Woodford. Picture: Google Street View

Nightingale Primary School in Ashbourne Road, South Woodford. Picture: Google Street View

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A school has fully reopened after it had to close when bacteria was found in its water supply.

Nightingale Primary School in Ashbourne Avenue, South Woodford, opened its doors on Friday after partially opening to Year five and six pupils on Thursday following a legionella outbreak.

The bacteria was found at the school on a routine inspection and children had to be sent home on Monday last week.

Breathing in droplets of contaminated water can lead to Legionnaires’ disease – a serious lung infection.

Large buildings such as schools and hospitals are most vulnerable to legionella contamination.

A statement on the school’s website last week read: “We believe this [closing the school] is the right decision as it allows us to ensure the welfare of students in the school while reducing the disruption to students and staff.”

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