Legionnaires’ disease cluster update

A fourth case of Legionnaires’ disease has been confirmed.

NSW Health has been notified of a fourth case of Legionnaires’ disease associated to an outbreak in the Lidcombe area earlier this week

The person had travelled to the Lidcombe area prior to the decontamination of a water cooling system where Legionella had been identified. NSW Health is continuing its investigation into the cluster.

Director Public Health Unit, Western Sydney Local Health District, Dr Shopna Bag said anyone who has recently been to the Lidcombe and surrounding areas, and who develops symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease, including fever, chills, a cough and shortness of breath, should visit their GP.

“Legionnaires’ disease cannot be spread from person to person,” Dr Bag said.

“Symptoms of Legionnaires disease can develop up to 10 days from the time of exposure to contaminated water particles in the air.”

NSW Health will continue to keep the community updated.

For further information on Legionnaires’ disease visit: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/legionnaires_disease.aspx​