Recently, the Auckland Regional Public Health Service has announced the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. However, till now, it has not been revealed as to how the disease became so potent. It has been informed that an elder woman have succumbed to death after being affected with Legionnaires' disease.
However, the authorities further noted that the disease can’t solely be responsible for the death of the elder woman as she was also suffering with multiple health complications. In the past six weeks about 11 cases of Legionnaires' disease has been confirmed.
The increasing number of people being affected with Legionnaires' disease is causing concern to the authorities. The Legionnaires' disease is said to be caused because of bacteria present in the moist environment. Normally, a person is infected with the bacteria through contaminated water.
Last year, about seven deaths took place in Auckland because of Legionnaires' disease. Dr. Julia Peters from the Auckland health service was reported as saying, “The cases are spread right across the region - north, south, east and west. Some of the people have quite a small radius of activity, and I guess we can't rule out the possibility that there may be more than one source of the infection”.
The people are being urged to chemically treat areas where bacteria spreading Legionnaires' disease are born. By taking simple steps in preventing the disease one can avoid the spread of the deadly disease. A person infected with the disease might show symptoms similar to pneumonia.
The Legionnaires' disease is not spread from person to person and is treatable by antibiotics. The people infected with Legionnaires' disease are advised to seek medical treatment as timely treatment can help in preventing a number of deaths.