Printer Friendly

Legionnaire's outbreak claims a second victim.

A second person has died after contracting legionnaire's disease in an outbreak which affected 28 people.

The woman, in her 50s, was the second person to be struck down by the disease in Hereford four weeks ago and had been in hospital ever since.

Health officials last night confirmed she died on Monday night and had other health complications.

Her death came on the same day two more cases of the bug were diagnosed.

A man in his 70s and a woman in her 60s became the latest people to be affected by the outbreak.

Experts said the new cases were consistent with them having acquired the disease before the source of the bacteria was closed.

A statement issued by Health Protection Agency, Herefordshire County Council and the Herefordshire Primary Care Trust last night said: 'Sadly the second person originally diagnosed with legionnaire's disease died yesterday evening.

'The lady, who was in her 50s and who had other medical problems, had been in hospital for a month.

'No new cases of legionnaire's disease have been confirmed and the total remains at 28.'

Andrew Tector, head of environmental health and trading standards, stressed that it was safe for people to visit Hereford after the source of the disease was located.
COPYRIGHT 2003 Birmingham Post & Mail Ltd
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2003 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Dec 3, 2003
Words:209
Previous Article:Giving Clare hope after a life ruled by fear.
Next Article:Man denies hijacking of car driver at knifepoint.


Related Articles
Disease claims second victim.
A TOWN IN FEAR Recovering; Oldbury outbreak claims four more victims in 24 hours.
Pensioner death not caused by Legionella.
Legionnaire's disease cases has risen to 15.
LEGION CITY 'IS SAFE TO VISIT'.
New victim claimed by legion bug.
Cider factory source of legionella outbreak.
Legionnaire's strikes town.
Agency hopeful Legionnaire's outbreak has been stopped.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2018 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters