Sunday, 9 October 2011

Legionnaires' disease caught by holidaymakers

 

Nine Britons have been struck down by ­Legionnaires’ disease after visiting Corfu. The Health Protection Agency is investigating after the tourists to the Greek island, aged from 39 to 79, fell ill since August. However, the HPA said the possibility of a UK-source had not been ruled out.Flu-like symptoms of the disease can lead to severe pneumonia or even death. It is treated with antibiotics. Legionnaires’ can be spread through water droplets from taps or air conditioning but not from person-to-person. Professor Nick Phin, of the HPA, said: “People travelling to Corfu should be aware of this potential risk, however we are not suggesting they change their holiday plans.”

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