Latvia: Two patients at the Latvian Cancer Center diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease


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In Latvia, the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CPKC, SPKC) launched an epidemiological investigation in the Latvian Cancer Center after at least two patients with Legionnaires’ disease had already been identified in hospital.

Legionella bacteria

Legionnaires’ disease patients were in different wards.

Legionella bacteria were discovered after laboratory analysis of hospital water samples.

Epidemiological investigation is currently underway.

legionella The bacteria are found naturally in freshwater environments, such as lakes and streams. legionella It can become a health concern when it grows and spreads in man-made building water systems such as cooling towers used in air conditioning systems, hot tubs, fountains, and large plumbing systems. Legionnaires’ disease, a type of pneumonia, may result when individuals inhale droplets of water that contain the bacteria. Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, fever, muscle aches, and headache.

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Most healthy people are exposed to legionella don’t get sick Those most at risk of developing the disease are people 50 years of age or older; current or former smokers; people with chronic lung disease, a weakened immune system, or cancer; and people with underlying diseases such as diabetes, kidney failure, or liver failure.

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