Hong Kong – Hong Kong reports additional Legionnaires’ disease case

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The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today reported the latest number of cases of Legionnaires’ disease (LD) in Hong Kong, and stressed the importance of using and maintaining properly designed man-made water systems, and that susceptible groups should strictly observe relevant precautions.

From March 12 to 18, one community-acquired LD case was reported. The male patient aged 77 with underlying illnesses lives in Hung Shek House, Ping Shek Estate, Kwun Tong.

“Epidemiological investigations are under way to identify potential sources of infection, high-risk exposure and clusters, if any,” a spokesman for the CHP said.

As of March 18, a total of 11 LD cases had been reported in 2017. In 2016 and 2015, there were 75 and 66 cases respectively.

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