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Legionnaires’ disease linked to Melbourne’s Central Business District

April 13, 2017
Public Health and Wellbeing

Chief Health Officer Alert
12 April 2017

Legionnaires’ disease linked to Melbourne’s Central Business District

Status: Active

Date issued: 12 April 2017

Issued by: Dr Finn Romanes, Acting Chief Health Officer, Victoria

Issued to: Health professionals

Key messages
• Five cases of Legionnaires’ disease (Legionella pneumophila, serogroup 1) have been identified in the last fortnight involving individuals who have spent time in the eastern half of Melbourne’s Central Business District (CBD) and/or Southbank.
• Be alert for Legionnaires’ disease in patients with influenza-like symptoms, particularly those with severe pneumonia, who have been around the Melbourne CBD or Southbank areas since the end of March 2017.
• If you suspect Legionnaires’ disease, request urinary antigen testing through your normal pathology provider. As a priority, order Legionella culture on sputum, and undertake serology on blood at baseline and 14 days later.
• Legionnaires’ disease is a Group A notifiable condition which requires immediate notification on suspicion to the Department of Health and Human Services on 1300 651 160.

More information
Read the full advisory on health.vic
Authorised by the Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne.