Legionnaires disease death

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A Doncaster woman has died from Legionnaire’s disease and a man is currently recovering from the condition, health officials have confirmed.

Health professionals in the region are on alert for people with symptoms but no further cases have been reported.

The Free Press understands the woman was in her 60s but official details have not yet been released. No details have been released about how the woman contracted the disease.

Dr Wendy Phillips, director of the South Yorkshire Health Protection Team, said: “Our condolences go to the family concerned at this very sad time. We are working with environmental health officers in South Yorkshire to investigate any common source of the infection.”

“The unit is also aware of a further linked case of the disease in Doncaster and this individual is recovering.”

Dr Phillips added: “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.”

Legionnaires is contracted by breathing in bacteria that have been dispersed into the air from a contaminated water source.