04:10am Monday 25 September 2017

PHA Statement: Legionnaires' disease

The PHA is advising those travelling to Corfu to be aware of the signs and symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease, which is a form of pneumonia. Travellers to Corfu who develop flu-like illness while in Corfu or within two weeks of their return should seek medical advice.

The range of symptoms include a flu-like illness with muscle aches, tiredness, headache, loss of appetite, dry cough and fever, leading on to pneumonia. Diarrhoea sometimes occurs and confusion may develop.

GPs have been advised to be alert to relevant symptoms in travellers returning to Northern Ireland from Corfu.

Further information on Legionnaires’ disease can be found at:

http://www.hpa.org.uk/Topics/InfectiousDiseases/InfectionsAZ/LegionnairesDisease/GeneralInformation/

Further information

Contact the PHA Press Office on 028 9031 1611.


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