Outbreak of Legionnaires Reported in Staffordshire

Outbreak of Legionnaires Reported in StaffordshireThere seems to be an outbreak of Legionnaires disease in Stoke-on-Trent. According to the Health Protection Agency (HPA), till now seven people have been admitted to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire for giving the treatment. All of them are between the age group of 40 to 75 years. Among those, one is a woman.

As told by a spokeswoman "Two men in their seventies remain stable, the remaining patients are improving. The HPA is also investigating two cases identified in early summer as being possibly linked to the current cluster".

Professor Harsh Duggal, director of the Health Protection Unit in Stafford, said, after carrying out an investigation, it has come into existence that though there is no direct link between the cases but it seems to be a common source that is responsible for this outbreak. Further analyzing is going on to study the histories and movements of the patients if something could match among them. They are hoping to notice some kind of similarity between the patients, which would directly indicate the confined cause of infection.

However, Legionnaires disease is an infrequent disease but it results into such life-threatening symptoms that can prove to be lethal most of the times. It is a non transferrable disease and is generally cause by a water bacterium.

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