A serious but not a common disease, Legionnaires ‘disease is a type of pneumonia. During a meeting of American legion in 1976, there was a severe pneumonia spreading amongst them, as a result receiving the name.
An investigation is taking place after Birmingham City Council reported that a member of their staff is suffering from this disease whilst on annual leave. Now there is no denial that Legionnaires’ disease has entered Birmingham.
The patient is currently receiving his treatment at Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham
Jim McManus, director of public health at the council, stated: “We have been advised that while on annual leave a member of council staff was confirmed to have Legionnaire’s disease.
“We are working closely with the Health Protection Agency, Environmental Health Officers and the Health and Safety Executive to establish the cause of infection.
“At the present time there have been no other reports and we do not believe there to be any risk to employees or residents, but we are investigating and will take precautionary measures.”
The good news is this disease cannot be passed onto one person from another. The Birmingham City Council is working alongside HPA and others to provide possible safety measures to the public to prevent from receiving such illnesses. People normally catch Legionnaires’ disease by inhaling drops of water suspended in the air, which contains the bacteria.
The disease is most likely to be around the east of the city as the Health Protection Agency (HPA) and the council are putting their main focus in that area.
However, the case of Legionnaires ‘disease has never caused a serious outbreak before in Birmingham and it continues to fall.
A council spokesman said: “The number of cases reported in the West Midlands over the past four years is continuing to fall with 38 diagnosed last year.”