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Fears over suspected Legionnaires’ city outbreak

February 26, 2018
Public Health and Wellbeing

Health authorities are urging anyone with flu-like symptoms who visited the CBD recently to see a doctor, after a potential outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in a CBD cooling tower. Three cases of Legionnaires ’ have been linked to an area south of Bourke Street, between Queen and Spring streets. Two of the victims visited Flinders Street Station. “My message to people who have visited the CBD between late January and earlier this month and who may be suffering from pneumonia or flu-like symptoms is to visit their GP who will assess the need for testing for Legionnaires’ disease,” Victoria’s deputy chief health officer , Dr Brett Sutton, said on Friday.

Legionnaires’ disease is caused by bacteria that often grow in and spread from airconditioning towers. Symptoms include headache , fever, chills, and muscle aches and pains. If untreated, the disease can cause respiratory problems and pneumonia.

The three victims, all men aged between 52 and 74, fell ill between February 6 and 14, days after visiting the CBD. All were hospitalised, but are now recovering.

The Department of Health and Human Services is urgently searching for the source of the outbreak .

Published by: AGE – Saturday, 24 Feb 2018 – Page 11