17 Oct 2012
Fifth case of potentially fatal Legionnaires’ disease has been reported in Carmarthen.
The new case comes nearly a month after the first three — but there is still no suggestion as to where the source lies. The outbreak is being investigated by Public Health Wales and Carmarthenshire Council’s environmental health department, who are continuing to look for, and take samples from, potential sources.
The Health and Safety Executive is also involved in the investigation. The five cases all have links to Carmarthen and have all required hospital treatment as a result of their illness. The first three people found to have the disease were discharged from hospital on the same day as their diagnosis, in September. A fourth person was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ the following week. It is unclear what the current condition of the fifth patient is. Legionnaires’ disease cannot be caught from another person and is contracted by breathing in droplets from contaminated water sources.
There is no suspicion that the source is the drinking water supply to Carmarthen.