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A sea-salt hot tub smelt of ‘damp and urine’ before 39 visitors fell ill — as 14 contracted the potentially fatal legionella infection and nine were left in hospital.
The Healax Salt Caves in Kinson, Bournemouth, Dorset has now been closed while workmen — who were seen at the spa wearing ventilator masks yesterday — investigate the outbreak.
Some 39 visitors to the spa over a period of 18 days fell ill with various symptoms including fever, sickness and shortness of breath.
Of those, 14 were confirmed to have developed a bacterial infection which can lead to Legionnaire’s disease.
And in nine of those cases symptoms were so severe they had to go to hospital for treatment.
One female client, who was diagnosed with Pontiac fever, said she became ‘violently ill’ 24 hours after using the spa’s hot tub. Pontiac fever can be caused by a legionella infection.