Legionnaires Disease identified in southern London

Four cases of Legionnaires Disease have been hospitalized in Croydon in southern London. As yet, there is no common exposure identified, and there is no link between the cases. An investigation is underway. Transmission of legionellosis (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.

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