Third Legionnaires' Case Confirmed In Western Sydney

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Third Legionnaires' Case Confirmed In Western Sydney

Authorities have confirmed that there is a third case of Legionnaires' disease in western Sydney, several days after a warning was issued in the Lidcombe area.

A man in his 70s and woman in her 80s contracted the illness, and both had spent time in the area before symptoms developed.

This most recent case has been confirmed as a consequence of time spent in the Lidcombe industrial area.

An investigation has been underway checking the water sources after bacteria was found in the air-conditioning cooling system.

“The business owners in the building immediately carried out an emergency decontamination and cleaned the system,” Western Sydney Local Health's public health unit director Dr Shopna Bag said.

“The District’s Investigation team has since undertaken extensive work to look for other possible sources of Legionella pneumophila bacteria in the area.”

Symptoms include fever, chills, shortness of breath and a cough, and anyone presenting symptoms or concerned is encouraged to see their GP.

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