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An employee of the Jan De Nul Group at the Fortescue Metals Group camp in South Hedland in West Australia has been in the hospital for a week battling a severe form of Legionnaires’ disease.

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He became symptomatic while staying at the camp earlier this March and was diagnosed after being flown out for treatment.

The man had travelled from Singapore on a Jan De Nul vessel to spend several weeks in February working in Port Hedland.

A spokesman at Fortescue Metals Group claimed that the camp had no sources in which the man could have contracted Legionnaires’ disease, a potentially deadly form of pneumonia.  However, he also said that “as a precautionary measure we are undertaking testing around the site.”

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