About Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Legionnaires' Disease Reported In Sydney: victim seriously ill

by Medindia Content Team on June 15, 2006 at 11:51 AM
Font : A-A+

Legionnaires' Disease Reported In Sydney: victim seriously ill

Two people ,a man aged 64, and woman aged 81, affected with legionnaires' disease are in Royal North Shore Hospital,Sydney, after being exposed to the same type of legionella bacteria , NSW Health said..

The man's condition is reported to be serious, while the woman's has improved to a stable state, according to a hospital spokeswoman .

Advertisement

A visit to the cooling towers in the Northbridge area was carried out by the Health officials to identify the source of the exposure, Northern Sydney Central Coast public health unit director, Dr Peter Lewis said. He mentioned that the inspections revealed that appropriate standards have been maintained at the towers,and that there were no risks there for the community. On interviewing the patients' families, the health officials discovered that they had a "common exposure" after visiting the Northbridge area.

Dr Lewis said the patients were probably exposed to the bacteria about a couple of weeks ago, and there was a chance that more cases would be reported in the days to come.
Advertisement

He also added that the time from exposure to the onset of symptoms is usually around five to six days and that the symptoms of legionnaires' disease resembled those of the flu, including fever, chills, coughing, body and head aches, tiredness, loss of appetite and diarrhoea.

He pointed out that up to 70 cases of the infections were reported in NSW every year.

Advertisement

Advertisement
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
What's New on Medindia
Prevent Hacking of Medical Devices: FDA Sounds Alarm
Black Water: Benefits and Uses
World Hypertension Day 2022 - Measure Blood Pressure Accurately, Control It, Live Longer!
View all
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Most Popular on Medindia

Nutam (400mg) (Piracetam) Indian Medical Journals Pregnancy Confirmation Calculator Calculate Ideal Weight for Infants Selfie Addiction Calculator A-Z Drug Brands in India Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects Daily Calorie Requirements Blood Donation - Recipients Drug Side Effects Calculator

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2022

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use