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Ludlow hotel reopens following Legionnaires death

The hotel was closed in September after two guests contracted the illness

The Feathers Hotel in Ludlow has reopened after two guests contracted Legionnaires disease leading to one of their deaths.

The hotel was closed for two months as Public Health England tested its water samples.

The results came back clear, leading to the reopening of the bar and restaurant on Tuesday. The rooms were reopened to the guests today (Thursday 16 November).

The Feathers Hotel closed on 13 September after two guests, both from Merseyside contracted the illness. The first guest, a woman in her 70s, was diagnosed in April this year and has since recovered.

The second guest, a woman in her 60s who stayed at the hotel in July, is understood to have died mid-August.

Shropshire Council and Public Health England said they were satisfied that necessary precautions were taken to “identify possible sources of contamination” but will continue to undertake “thorough and ongoing controls”.

A formal investigation is currently taking place and is expected to last for a “significant period of time”.

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