Seven people are being treated in hospital with Legionnaires' disease. The cases are being investigated by public and environmental health experts, including the Health Protection Agency, the Health and Safety Executive, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and the NHS.
The age range of the patients, who are being treated at University Hospital of North Staffordshire, is from late 40s - 75 years old:
- A man in his 40s
- A woman in her 50s
- Two men in their 50s
- Three men in their 70s
Two of the three men in their seventies are in a stable condition. The other patients are all recovering and improving.
The Health Protection Agency is also investigating two cases identified in early summer as being possibly linked to the current cluster.
– Professor Harsh Duggal, Director of the Health Protection Unit in Stafford
“While we do not currently have a direct link between the cases the evidence points to the fact that there is a common source. We are taking detailed histories of the movements of the patients to see if there are similar patterns which would indicate a local source of infection.
“Legionnaires’ disease is a rare but potentially life threatening illness. It is caused by a bacteria commonly associated with water systems and cannot be passed from person to person.
“As a precaution we are working with the Health and Safety Executive and Stoke-on-Trent City Council En
vironmental Health Services to identify and control any possible sources of the disease.”