Increased number of cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Hong Kong

There are reports of 4 new people infected with Legionnaires’ disease from October 2-8, all of them already having underlying illnesses. This brings the total in 2016 to 51 infected people, with 50 acquiring the disease in the community and 1 death.

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Advice For Travellers

Legionnaires Disease usually occurs following exposure to warm water aerosols since the bacteria are inhaled through water droplets in water sprays or mists. Exposure can occur in or around hot tubs, showers, or from air conditioning systems in buildings with poorly maintained cooling towers.

Travellers who develop serious respiratory symptoms after being in air conditioned buildings or other environments that generate sprays in the outbreak area should seek medical care as soon as possible.