The Emilia-Romagna Department of Health in Italy has confirmed a large outbreak of Legionnaires’ in the Montebello district of Parma. A total of 35 cases of Legionnaires’ have been linked to the outbreak, of which 4 cases are yet to be confirmed, 20 are in hospital and 2 have died.
In response epidemiological and environmental surveys are underway to identify possible sources of exposure.
Advice for Travellers
All travellers are potentially at risk of infection, the risk is increased in travellers with underlying medical conditions. Travelers staying in poorly maintained hotel/apartment accommodation may be at higher risk. Flushing through showers in hotels or institutions with hot water when they have not been used recently may help.
Travellers that develop an influenza-like illness with fever, cough or shortness of breath during their stay or up to two weeks after return home should seek prompt medical advice.