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24 Sep 2018 | 11:48 PM UTC

Italy: 42 cases of Legionnaires’ disease reported in Lombardy

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42 cases of Legionnaires’ disease reported in Lombardy as of mid-September; further spread of the disease possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/24/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/1/2018, 11:59 PM (Europe/Rome). COUNTRY/REGION Lombardy


According to health officials, at least 42 confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease were reported in Lombardy as of mid-September. The most affected areas include Montichiari, Carpenedolo, and Calvisano. Further spread of the disease is possible in the coming weeks. 


Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia caused by a bacterial infection in lungs that is contracted by breathing contaminated water vapor or dust. It is most likely to affect the middle-aged or the elderly, particularly those with a history of smoking or chronic lung disease. The most common symptoms are cough, shortness of breath, high fever, headaches, and muscle pains. 


Individuals in Lombardy are advised to monitor updates to the situation and adhere to instructions issued by authorities. Individuals experiencing the above symptoms should seek immediate medical attention, especially if part of a demographic at high-risk for the disease. 


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