Legionnaires' disease outbreak

Health officials are investigating an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Carmarthen after five people were admitted to hospital.

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Fifth case of Legionnaires' diagnosed in Carmarthen

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Five cases have so far been found in the town Credit: ITV News

A fifth case of Legionnaires’ disease has been reported in Carmarthen.

All five people have had links to the town and have been admitted to hospital as a result of their illness.

Legionnaires’ disease is contracted by breathing in droplets from contaminated water sources. It cannot be passed from person to person.

Symptoms include breathlessness, chest pain and a dry cough, as well as fever, muscle aches, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhoea.

The council’s Environmental Health department and the Health and Safety Executive are continuing their work to identify the source.

Information has been circulated to GPs and hospitals in the area to advise them to be alert to the symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease.

Additional case in Carmarthen Legionnaires’ disease outbreak

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Legionnaires’ disease can lead to pneumonia and can be fatal and so it is important for anyone with symptoms to seek medical advice Credit: ITV News Wales

Investigations into an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Carmarthen have identified an additional case of the disease.

The new case brings the total number of cases in the outbreak, being investigated by Public Health Wales and Carmarthenshire County Council, to four.

Anyone who lives or works in the Carmarthen area and has symptoms suggestive of Legionnaires’ disease is advised to contact their GP.

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