Fifth Case Of Legionnaires' Confirmed In Western Sydney

In the Lidcombe area

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Western Sydney's legionnaires' disease outbreak is continuing with a fifth case reported to health authorities.

NSW Health on Tuesday confirmed an interstate resident had contracted the infection after visiting the Lidcombe area earlier this month.

A water cooling system in a Lidcombe building was decontaminated on September 17 after it was found to contain the disease earlier this month.

Western Sydney Local Health District warned anyone who recently visited the suburb to be vigilant of symptoms including fever, chills, a cough and shortness of breath.

"All five cases contracted the infection from breathing in Legionella pneumophila bacteria, which is found in water sources such as cooling towers," public health unit director Dr Shopna Bag said in a statement on Tuesday.

"Symptoms can develop up to 10 days from the time of exposure to contaminated water particles in the air."

The disease does not spread between humans and anyone with symptoms should contact their GP.

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