A Lisbon area hospital is now reporting an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, just a couple of months after there was a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at another Lisbon area hospital, specifically the São Francisco Xavier Hospital. This was confirmed by health officials yesterday and furthermore, that there are currently seven cases of Legionnaires’ disease reported at the CUF Descobertas Hospital.
All seven patients, which include six women and one man, are reportedly in stable condition and are undergoing treatment at the moment. In order to ensure that this outbreak does not become more severe, a team of nurses are now responsible for contacting about 800 patients who were potentially treated around the middle of January, when the outbreak was first detected, in order to see if any of the patients show symptoms of legionellosis.
While Legionnaires’ disease cannot be spread from person to person, individuals who are at the highest risk for Legionnaire’s disease include those who are middle-aged or older, especially smokers, along with people with lung disease or weakened immune systems. These kinds of attributes can typically describe a good deal of individuals who may find themselves at a hospital and as such, it is particularly encouraging to see the hospital take this situation so seriously and to try and track down individuals who may be showing symptoms as quickly as possible.
Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S. Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.