Warning over Legionnaires' disease

18 October 2011 10:00

Holidaymakers travelling to the Greek island of Corfu have been advised to be aware of the potential risk of Legionnaires' disease

Holidaymakers travelling to the Greek island of Corfu have been advised to be aware of the potential risk of Legionnaires' disease

The Health Protection Agency has advised holidaymakers travelling to the Greek island of Corfu to be aware of the potential risk of Legionnaires' disease.

The latest warning came after nine people, who had recently visited the island, were found to have contracted the disease.

The news underpins the importance of a medical travel insurance policy for Britons travelling to Corfu.

Legionnaires' is contracted from water droplets containing the legionella bacterium.

The disease can lead to pneumonia. The infection can result in complications and can be fatal if patients are not treated with antibiotics in the early stages.

Professor Nick Phin, of the Health Protection Agency, said: "We are concerned that UK residents travelling to Corfu should be aware of this potential risk; however, we are not suggesting that people change their holiday plans.

"Legionnaires' disease is very rare and cannot be spread from person to person so the risk is low."

People taking flights to Corfu have been advised to use drinking water that comes in sealed bottles.

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