Legionella in NRW: origin found

Legionella in NRW: origin found

Legionella in NRW: origin may

09/27/2014

After it was announced in recent days found that there had been in North Rhine-Westphalia Jülich to numerous Legionella disease, has now possibly found the source of infection. An increased number of bacteria had been detected in the water of the recooler of the Forschungszentrum Jülich.

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Possible triggers in the cooling plant
After Legionella were measured in Düren again in recent days, now may be the source of infection for Legionella diseasein the North Rhine-Westphalian Jülich. As reported by the district of Düren on Friday, a significantly increased number of legionellae had been detected in the water of a recooler at the Forschungszentrum Jülich. Now further studies would have to show whether the cooling unit is actually the cause for the diseases.

caused by Legionella pneumonia
As it was said, was the plant was shut down on Friday and am taken only after a thorough disinfection again. According to a dpa report, 24 people are currently suffering from leg infections caused by legionella. In three of these patients legionellae could be directly detected in the bronchial secretion. There is thus the chance to create a genetic fingerprint of the pathogen and to match it with the samples from the cooling plant. In the other 21 patients the legionella were indirectly detected by antibodies in the blood.

case of symptoms to the doctor
infecting themselves people with legionella, there is usually rather unspecific symptoms, which can not be clearly assigned to the disease. For instance, most patients suffer from symptoms such as fever and chills. This can lead to muscle pain, especially in the chest area, as well as irritation cough. Symptoms such as dyspnoea, headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and isolated neurological failure can be observed. For such complaints, it is advisable for people from the region to consult a doctor.(ad)

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