Lyon Legionnaire's cases rise to 34

16th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

LYON, France, May 16 (AFP) - The number of people struck down by an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease in the south-eastern French city of Lyon rose to 34 on Monday as authorities here confirmed a new case of the potentially fatal illness.

LYON, France, May 16 (AFP) - The number of people struck down by an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease in the south-eastern French city of Lyon rose to 34 on Monday as authorities here confirmed a new case of the potentially fatal illness.  

The source of the outbreak is as yet unknown, but results from health department tests are due Tuesday or Wednesday. The first case was discovered on April 28 and so far 17 people have been hospitalised.  

Local authorities in the sector some 20 kilometres (13 miles) northeast of Lyon have closed down fountains and begun to disinfect irrigation and drainage systems there. On Sunday they shut down carwash machines and the central air-conditioning towers of five buildings.  

Legionnaire's disease was first discovered in the United States in 1976, where 29 people died. It causes high fever, a dry cough, lung congestion and subsequent pneumonia.  

It is commonly spread through contaminated air conditioners and ventilators.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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