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Death from under the bonnet

Windscreen water infection risk
A Health Protection Agency-led study, which looked at why people at the wheel were more likely to be infected. Most at risk were found to be those driving a van, people who drive through industrial areas, and people who often had the car window open.

Well that is White Van Man doomed then...

But the "most intriguing" higher-risk group was drivers not using screenwash - which kills off the legionella bug, the study authors found. They said: "Not adding screenwash to windscreen wiper fluid is a previously unidentified risk factor and appears to be strongly associated with community acquired sporadic cases of legionnaires' disease.
"We estimated that around 20% of community acquired sporadic cases could be attributed to this exposure."
Last year there were 345 cases in England and Wales - although some infections were caught overseas. An estimated 10% of people who contract legionnaires' disease will die from complications arising from infection.

So 70 cases, 7 deaths from not using windscreen wash?... But just think of the alcohol being sprayed into drivers faces and the pollution and the damage to the paintwork....
Nanny is going to have fun with this one.

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"Not adding screenwash to windscreen wiper fluid is a previously unidentified risk factor and appears to be strongly associated with community acquired sporadic cases of legionnaires' disease."

This message was brought to you by the Association of Screenwash Manufacturers.

Anyone got access to the accounts of the HPA or knowledge of idiot third cousins or uneployable brothers-in-law suddenly recieving unfeasibily well renumerated positions in startegic places?

My screenwash reservoir is not particularly warm, I wish it was so it did not freeze in the Winter.

I suppose if Labour was still in power then they would have wardens dishing out penalties to people with no screenwash additive.

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