Legionnaires Disease update - further cases

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

SA Health has been notified of two further cases of Legionnaires’ disease, bringing the total number of cases in this cluster to eight.

While no single common location between the eight cases has been identified, seven of the cases attended the Adelaide CBD between 27 December 2016 and 11 January 2017.

SA Health’s Director of Public Health Services, Dr Kevin Buckett, said since action has already been taken by councils and health authorities in response to the situation, any ongoing risk to public health is low.

“These additional two cases had the onset of Legionnaires’ disease prior to businesses decontaminating their cooling towers at the request of Adelaide City Council,” Dr Buckett said.

“I anticipate the action that is currently underway by local councils, building managers and cooling tower operators will have reduced any ongoing to risk to public health.

“Cooling towers can be a common source of Legionnaires’ disease and public health action to ensure cooling towers are properly maintained and disinfected across multiple council areas is continuing.”

The two latest cases of Legionnaires’ disease are in males aged 66 and 67 years old.


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