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Legionnaire’s disease detected in Sydney

In Sydney, four men have been diagnosed with Legionnaire’s disease.

Legionnaires’ disease is caused by a bacterial infection of the lungs. The bacteria live in water and get multiplied in the water of air-conditioning system cooling towers, hot water tanks, spa baths and plumbing systems.

The symptoms of the disease include chills, fever, shortness of breath, dry cough, loss of appetite, tiredness.

“It’s just those four people that are associated with being in the city during that incubation period. Our hospitals and doctors are actively looking for any additional cases, should they present, “said Dr. Vicky Sheppeard, NSW Health’s director of communicable diseases.

“It’s a bacterial pneumonia – it starts with fever and chills a quite unwell malaise, aching muscle, headache, a dry cough and short of breath as well,” Dr. Vicky said.

She also told that samples have been collected from probable infected zones in order to identify the cause.

“Today, the field team will also be looking at other sources such as water fountains or other unregulated water sources in that part of the city.” She said.

 

 

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