NSW Health issues warning as another person is hospitalised with Legionnaires’ disease after exposure in Sydney CBD

NSW Health has issued another warning after a sixth person has been infected and hospitalised with Legionnaires’ disease after exposure in the Sydney CBD area.

The health body is continuing to advise people who have been in the Sydney CBD area in the past two weeks to be on the lookout for symptoms after all six people were identified with the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease.

The patients were admitted to hospital for treatment of their pneumonia, with one person now discharged.

Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia or lung inflammation caused by Legionella bacteria, and is transmitted by breathing infected water vapour from cooling towers of large buildings.

People can be exposed to the bacteria if contaminated water particles from the cooling system are emitted into the air and breathed in.

The six people – two women and four men ranging from their 40s to 70s – independently visited Sydney CBD locations between Elizabeth Street, Clarence Street, Park Street and Martin Place in the 10 days prior to their onset of symptoms.

The health body is advising anyone who visited or worked in Sydney CBD in the past two weeks to monitor for symptoms.

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