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Legionnaires' Disease in Travellers returning from India (Goa)

22 Feb 2019

Public Health England have reported 7 cases of Legionnaires’ disease in UK travellers who visited Goa since November 2018. This is a small increase in cases compared to previous years.

Advice to travellers

The risk to travellers to Goa is considered to be low. Travellers to Goa are advised to seek prompt medical advice if they develop an influenza-like illness with fever, cough or shortness of breath during their stay or up to two weeks after return home. They should ask the healthcare professional about Legionnaire's disease and say where they have been.

Legionnaires' disease is more dangerous to people 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.

For further information see Legionnaires’ disease.