Latest Legionnaires' Disease News

  • Legionnaires' outbreak kills 4 in Portugal, over 160 ill Mon, Nov 10, 2014

    LISBON (Reuters) - An outbreak of Legionnaires' disease has killed at least four people just outside the Portuguese capital Lisbon and left dozens hospitalised, with the source of the outbreak yet to be found, authorities said on Monday. The Health Ministry said 160 people had been diagnosed with the bacteria-borne disease, a severe form of pneumonia. Two dozen were in intensive care in various hospitals. Four parishes in the district of Vila Franca de Xira, about 25 km (16 miles) northeast of Lisbon, had the greatest concentration of the cases. ... More »

  • Expectant Mothers Warned Against Birthing Pools After Baby Gets Legionnaires' …
    Expectant Mothers Warned Against Birthing Pools After Baby Gets Legionnaires' … Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    Expectant mothers have been warned against using home birthing pools after a baby was diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease caught from bacteria in the water. The baby is now in a critical condition and is receiving intensive care in hospital, Public Health England said. PHE and the NHS England has advised against all home birthing pools with built in heaters and recirculation pumps after samples from the baby's pool confirmed the presence of the legionella bacteria. Heated birthing pools are used at home and are filled with water before an expectant mother's due date, sometimes weeks in advance. More »

  • Pneumonia Bacteria May Lurk in Windshield Washer Fluid Tue, May 20, 2014

    The bacterium that causes Legionnaires' disease — an uncommon kind of pneumonia that can be deadly — can grow in the windshield washer fluid that's used in cars, a new study suggests. In the study, researchers found that the bacterium Legionella, normally found in freshwater, can survive in car windshield washer fluids and grow in washer-fluid reservoirs. "Washer-fluid spray can release potentially dangerous numbers of these bacteria into the air," study author Otto Schwake, a doctoral student at Arizona State University, said in a statement. Prior to the study, it was known that the bacteria could be present in the mist from air conditioners, hot tubs and showers, among other sources, but scientists hadn't investigated whether the bacteria could live in washer fluid. More »

  • Latvians honor Nazi allies from World War II
    Latvians honor Nazi allies from World War II Sun, Mar 16, 2014

    RIGA, Latvia (AP) — About 1,500 Latvians on Sunday celebrated Legionnaires Day — which their government abolished in 2000 — by paying tribute to World War II veterans who fought alongside Nazi troops. More »

  • Latvians honor Nazi allies from WWII Sun, Mar 16, 2014

    RIGA, Latvia (AP) — Hundreds of Latvians have celebrated Legionnaires Day — which their government abolished in 2000 — by paying tribute to World War II veterans who fought alongside Nazi troops. More »

  • Legionnaires Patient Dies: Test Results Due
    Legionnaires Patient Dies: Test Results Due Sun, Jul 29, 2012

    Health officials are awaiting test results following the death of a patient affected by a Legionnaires outbreak. More »

  • Legionnaires': Legal Action And Second Death
    Legionnaires': Legal Action And Second Death Fri, Jun 15, 2012

    Five people are taking legal action over an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Edinburgh, it has been reported. More »

  • Cases Of Legionnaires' Continue To Increase
    Cases Of Legionnaires' Continue To Increase Sat, Jun 9, 2012

    The number of people believed to have been infected by the legionnaires' disease outbreak in Edinburgh has reached 80. More »

  • Legionnaires': Now 37 Suspected Cases
    Legionnaires': Now 37 Suspected Cases Thu, Jun 7, 2012

    The number of suspected cases of Legionnaires' disease in Scotland has risen to 37, the country's health secretary Nicola Sturgeon has said. More »

  • Legionnaires' Outbreak: 'Risk Very Low'
    Legionnaires' Outbreak: 'Risk Very Low' Wed, Jun 6, 2012

    There are now 21 cases of Legionnaires' disease and 19 suspected cases in Scotland, the country's health secretary Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed. More »

  • Man Dies After Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak
    Man Dies After Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak Wed, Jun 6, 2012

    One man has died and 16 people are in a critical condition in hospital after an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. More »

  • Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak In Edinburgh
    Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak In Edinburgh Mon, Jun 4, 2012

    Environmental health workers have been cleaning water-cooling towers in an area of Edinburgh after an outbreak of legionnaires' disease. More »

  • Legionnaires' Kills Three Britons In Spain
    Legionnaires' Kills Three Britons In Spain Fri, Feb 3, 2012

    Three British pensioners have died after contracting Legionnaires' disease while on holiday in Spain. More »

  • OAPs Hospitalised In Legionnaires Outbreak
    OAPs Hospitalised In Legionnaires Outbreak Wed, Feb 1, 2012

    At least nine British pensioners have been hospitalised with Legionnaires' Disease after a stay at Spanish hotel. More »

  • Corfu Link To Legionnaires' Cases Investigated
    Corfu Link To Legionnaires' Cases Investigated Fri, Oct 7, 2011

    The Health Protection Agency has launched an investigation into a cluster of cases of legionnaires' disease in the UK, which appear to be linked to the Greek island of Corfu. More »