ACT Health, a governmental health organization in Australia, seems to be taking the lead on Legionella preparedness. Just last week, a training exercise was conducted involving staff from ACT Health’s Health Protection Service to gauge the level of preparedness of public health organizations.
The operation, “Exercise Cross Borders,” aimed to test the public health reaction to an outbreak scenario; in this case the outbreak involved up to four cases of Legionnaires’ disease “linked in time and place.”
According to Tony Burns, a senior environmental health officer and NSW Legionella consultant, a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak could overwhelm local resources, so it is important that the appropriate authorities are prepared. An outbreak is typically considered to be two or more cases “linked in time and place.”
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