Hong Kong Investigates Legionnaires' Disease Case

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The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Hong Kong Department of Health is is investigating a case of Legionnaires' Disease (LD) involving a 42-year-old man.

The man, living in Kwai Ching District, developed fever and cough on October 15. He was admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital on October 22 and is now in stable condition.

CHP's investigations revealed that he did not have travel history during the incubation period.

This is the 13rd Legionnaire's Disease case reported this year. 11 cases were reported in 2007, 16 in 2006 and 11 in 2005.

To prevent the disease, people are reminded to observe the following:

* An individual may reduce their susceptibility to the disease by avoiding smoking and excessive drinking, and maintaining good health.

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* People handling garden soils, composts and potting mixes should take the following precautions:

- Gently water gardens and composts using low pressure.

- Open composted potting mixes slowly and make sure the opening is directed away from the face.

- Wet the soil to reduce dust when potting plants.

- Prevent working in poorly ventilated places such as enclosed greenhouses and

- Wash hands carefully afterwards.

* Proper design, operation and maintenance of man-made water systems.

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