According to the National Business Review, an elderly woman has died on Wednesday after acquiring Legionnaires’ disease. Auckland Public Regional Health Services (APRHS) reported 11 cases stemming from a mid-February outbreak. This is the first death since the outbreak. Buildings in Auckland have been treated with chemicals this week to avoid further outbreaks, although it is still unknown which buildings were advised to do so. Medical officer of health Simon Baker stated: “The cases are dispersed so widely over the city and you have only got to take one breath of contaminated air to get infected…I would expect we would see more cases because it will be at least two weeks before we know if [chemical treatments] made any difference”. Health officials hope that the decontamination steps being taken will help prevent further spread of Legionella and further loss of life.
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