May 17, 2022 zacherlaw 0 Comments

Following the diagnosis of Legionnaires’ disease in four local men, South Western Sydney Local Health District has issued a reminder to Macarthur residents to ensure their cooling towers are being properly maintained. All four men are in their 60s and 70s and contracted the disease in the past five weeks, in Camden and Narellan. All four men are currently recovering. The Health District’s Public Health Unit, in collaboration with Camden Council is investigating the case. However, the specific source of the infections has yet to be identified.

Director of Public Health Dr. Naru Pal said it was vital that cooling systems were looked after. “It’s timely to remind businesses and building owners of their obligations under the Public Health Regulation 2012 to ensure their cooling towers are properly maintained,” he said.

In 2018, NSW Health strengthened the Public Health Regulation to reduce the community’s risk of Legionnaires’ disease, requiring building owners to conduct monthly tests on cooling towers and notify local councils of high levels of Legionella and other bacteria.

To read more about the Four cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Southwest Sydney, click here.  

To read our firm’s white paper on Legionnaires’ disease and COVID-19, click here.

For more information on Legionnaires’ disease, check out the National Academies of Sciences Management of Legionella in Water Systems Report here.

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Four cases of Legionnaires’ Disease in Southwest Sydney was last modified: May 17th, 2022 by zacherlaw

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