|City of Hamilton
Public Health continuing to investigate Legionella
HAMILTON, ON - August 25, 2008 – The City of Hamilton’s Public Health Services is investigating a new case of Legionnaires’ Disease. Test results were received late August 23 from the Public Health Laboratories indicating Legionella. This brings the number of cases to a total of five since the beginning of August. Of the cases, four were reported to Public Health on August 13 and have already been released from hospital.
Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia that is caused by Legionella, a bacterium found primarily in warm water environments. The illness has symptoms that include high fever, chills and a cough. Medical examination and testing are needed to determine whether someone has pneumonia caused by the bacteria. The disease can be treated with antibiotics. Public Health Services is reminding anyone with these symptoms to seek medical attention.
Public Health Services is conducting an investigation to determine any links or common exposures among the cases. When looking for sources of exposure items of concern include air conditioning systems, hot tubs and spas, and water distribution systems. Proper cleaning and maintenance of these systems will reduce the risk of Legionella.
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Director, Health Protection
Hamilton Public Health Services
905-546-2424 ext. 3571