Woman taken to hospital in London with Legionnaires’ diseaseCreated on Friday, 29 June 2012 15:57
A woman was treated in a London hospital for the potentially fatal Legionnaires’ disease.
She has now been discharged from St Mary’s in Paddington as Westminster council and the Health Protection Agency try to establish the outbreak’s source.
Independent experts brought in by the council have ruled out a leisure centre after it was suggested as a possible source by the patient’s husband.
The disease, which cannot spread from person to person, is caught by breathing in small droplets of contaminated water. This month there was a major outbreak in Edinburgh in which two men died.
James Armitage, service manager for food, health and safety at Westminster council, said: “This appears to be an isolated case, not what we would consider an outbreak, but we are remaining vigilant in our investigations.”
St Mary’s said: “We know the infection was acquired in the community, outside the hospital.”