Second case of Legionnaires in QLD

Second case of Legionnaires in QLD

A second person has contracted Legionnaires disease in Queensland.

A female is now in intensive care in Brisbane’s Wesley hospital, after a 60-year-old man died from the disease on Sunday.

The legionella bacteria has since been found in the hot water system, where the man was being treated.

Admissions have been cancelled and anyone who has been discharged since May 25 is being contacted.

Uniting Care Health’s hospital manager Richard Royle says hospital authorities are now taking extraordinary steps to control the outbreak.

What is Legionnaires disease?

According to Queensland health Legionnaires disease, also known as legionellosis, is a type of pneumonia (lung infection) caused by the Legionella bacteria which are common in the environment and can be found in creeks, ponds and soil.

People at high risk of serious illness include those over 50 years of age, who smoke cigarettes and people with a weak immune system.

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