MLHD advise reported cases of Legionnaires disease not sighted in region

SPOTTED IN NSW: Legionella bacteria, which can cause a bacterial lung infections, has been sighted in NSW. MLHD reports no reportable cases have been identified in the Riverina.
SPOTTED IN NSW: Legionella bacteria, which can cause a bacterial lung infections, has been sighted in NSW. MLHD reports no reportable cases have been identified in the Riverina.

Legionellosis, also known as legionnaires disease, has reemerged across the state with four recorded cases in the past two months, NSW Health has reported.

Legionellosis is a type of pneumonia caused by infection with Legionella bacteria, which typically breed in cooling towers and plumbing systems.

The symptoms typically include fever, chills, cough and shortness of breath.

Wagga residents should feel reassured after the MLHD Public Health advised it has not had any cases reported in the last six months.

However, NSW Health has recommended regular inspection, disinfection and maintenance of cooling towers and plumbing systems to limit the growth of bacteria and prevent outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease.

There are around 50 different species of Legionella bacteria but most infections in NSW are caused by L. pneumophila or L. longbeachae.

The disease was at the centre of a Sydney CBD outbreak in 2016.