Legionnaire's Disease Outbreak Kills 12 in Canada

by Krishna Bora on  September 12, 2012 at 1:43 PM General Health News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment bookmark
Font : A-A+

Health authorities in the Canadian city said that the death toll from an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease in Quebec City has risen to 12 since late July.
 Legionnaire's Disease Outbreak Kills 12 in Canada
Legionnaire's Disease Outbreak Kills 12 in Canada

Officials said that 176 people have so far been diagnosed with the disease, which poses a risk for people with weak immune systems but can be treated with antibiotics.

Officials suspect improper maintenance of air conditioning systems as the cause of the outbreak.

Legionella bacteria grow in stagnant water, then spread as droplets are expelled by the appliances.

The illness, which has an incubation period of between two and 10 days, is an infection that causes high fever, dry cough and pneumonia.

The disease was discovered in the United States in 1976 during a convention of the American Legion, an military veterans group, where 29 people died.

Source: AFP

Post a Comment

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Find a Doctor

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

News Category

News Archive

Loading...