News Alerts

24 Sep 2018 | 11:48 PM UTC

Italy: 42 cases of Legionnaires’ disease reported in Lombardy

Italy News Alert

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

Event

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. 

Context

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. 

Advice

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. 

 

Copyright and Disclaimer
GardaWorld is the owner or licensee of all intellectual property rights in the material presented on this website. All such rights are reserved. The use of this website and its material is subject to the Terms of Use and accordingly you must not use any content from this website for commercial or other analogous purposes without our consent, including but not limited to any deep-linking or framing in order to copy, distribute, display or monitor any portion of the website. If you have any questions or are interested in distributing any content from this website, Contact us for more details.

Related news