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.
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.”