Legionnaires' disease kills 7 people in Poland

2023-08-25 16:13:16 | Son Güncelleme : 2023-08-25 16:25:54

The number of deaths due to legionella bacteria, which causes a type of lung disease in the Eastern European country of Poland, has risen to 7. The bacteria attracted attention after it appeared on the Bibby Stockholm ship prepared for the resettlement of irregular migrants in the United Kingdom (UK).

Legionnaires' disease kills 7 people in Poland
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Investigations continue into the deadly outbreak in the city of Rzeszowin the south-east of the country in Poland. 7 people died within a week due to legionella bacteria, according to the statement made by the authorities.

It was reported that the dead were 4 men and 3 women over the age of 60, while the number of people hospitalized was 113. It was stated that the samples taken from the water network were examined and the results were expected to be announced on August 28.

Legionnaires' disease, which starts with flu-like symptoms and progresses to pneumonia, can lead to diseases such as respiratory failure and multiple organ failure if left untreated and can cause death in the last stage.

Legionella bacteria, which are generally found in man-made water systems, are mostly seen in buildings where less disinfection work is carried out in order not to reduce efficiency and in buildings used by many people such as hotels, dormitories, and hospitals.


Legionella bacteria came to the world agenda when it was found on the ship called Bibby Stockholm, where irregular migrants were planned to be placed in the United Kingdom (UK). 500 migrants were found with legionella bacteria on the ship, which was planned to host until the legal procedures were completed.

The ship, where 39 migrants were placed, was evacuated after the first news about the presence of bacteria. British authorities announced that the ship would be reopened for use after the necessary work was carried out.

Source: Anadolu Agency