5th case of Legionnaires identified in Sydney
Two more people have been diagnosed with the potentially deadly Legionnaires’ disease after another outbreak was announced last week.
The men in their 40s and 50s were in the CBD at the same time as the other three patients identified.
The original cases included two women and an elderly man. A woman in her 30s is still in a critical condition in hospital.
According to the director of the NSW Health Communicable Diseases Branch, Dr Vicky Sheppeard, five cooling towers have tested positive to legionella however it’s possible that the actual source of the outbreak won’t be found as they may have already cleaned the building prior to authorities gaining access.
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“We’ve already taken regulatory action against those five towers and ordered cleaning and disinfection,” Dr Sheppeard said. “We don’t believe there is an ongoing risk in the city of Sydney.”
The five people all spent time in the area of the city bordered by Market, George, King and Kent streets since Anzac Day.
Legionnaires is an infection of the lungs (pneumonia) that is caused by bacteria of the Legionella family which is caused by when a person breathes in the affected bacteria. Legionnaires disease most often affects middle-aged and older people, those who are heavy smokers or who have a chronic lung disease. People with suppressed immunity are also more at risk.