CHP Investigates Legionnaires' Disease Case

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The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of Hong Kong Department Of Health is investigating a case of Legionnaires' Disease (LD) involving a 63-year-old man.

The man, living in Wan Chai District, presented with dullness and poor appetite. He was admitted to Ruttonjee Hospital on June 24 to receive intensive care treatment and passed away the next day.

CHP's investigations revealed that he did not have a travel history recently. His family members did not have any LD symptoms.

The case has been submitted to the Coroner's Court for further investigation.

This is the sixth LD case reported this year. Eleven LD cases were reported in 2005, 16 in 2006, and 11 in 2007.

To prevent the disease, members of the public are reminded to observe the following:

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

* 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.

- Wash hands carefully afterwards.

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

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