Australian state warns against Legionnaires’ disease after cases are detected

SYDNEY, May 27 (Xinhua) — Health authorities in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) on Tuesday issued a health alert after five people in Sydney were found to be infected with the disease. legionary.

The five people, two women and three men aged between 40 and 70, were confirmed with the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease. All were admitted to hospital for treatment of pneumonia.

The cases visited various locations in the Sydney CBD. The state health department has advised people who have been in the Sydney CBD area in the last 10 days to watch for symptoms including fever, chills, cough and shortness of breath.

Legionnaires’ disease is often associated with contaminated cooling towers in large buildings. People can be exposed to the bacteria if particles of contaminated water from the cooling system are released into the air and inhaled.

Symptoms of the disease can develop up to 10 days from the time of exposure to contaminated water particles in the air and can lead to serious chest infections, including pneumonia.

NSW Health said the disease cannot be spread from person to person. It can be diagnosed by chest x-ray and urinalysis and usually requires antibiotic treatment in hospital.

NSW Health Environmental Health Officers are working with the City of Sydney to review testing and maintenance records for all cooling towers in the CBD area to prioritize inspection and sampling of potential source towers.

Prior to the five cases, several cases were recently identified in Sydney. NSW public health units are also monitoring each case and working with local councils to manage cooling towers in buildings.

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