Doncaster resident dies after contracting Legionnaires' disease

The South Yorkshire Health Protection team has confirmed that a Doncaster resident has died after contracting Legionnaires' disease. Another person has also had the illness and is now recovering.

Relevant health professionals in South Yorkshire have been informed and asked to be vigilant for people with symptoms which could be Legionnaires’ disease, but no further cases have currently been reported. It is important to be aware that we have not currently identified an ongoing increased risk of Legionnaires’ disease to the wider community in South Yorkshire, however our investigations are continuing and we will issue any further advice to the public if this becomes necessary.”

– Dr Wendy Phillips, Director of the South Yorkshire Health Protection Team
  • Legionnaires' disease is a bacterial disease which may cause pneumonia
  • About 350 cases are reported each year in England
  • Infection is by breathing in the bacteria in aerosol form from a contaminated water source.
  • Over 50s are most at risk