'Cluster' of Legionnaires' Disease Cases Reported in B.C.: Health Authorities

'Cluster' of Legionnaires' Disease Cases Reported in B.C.: Health Authorities

Three people outside Vancouver have been hospitalized with Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia that can last for months.

Fraser Health Authority confirmed the “cluster” of cases on Saturday, adding it likely started in Surrey, B.C., a suburb east of Vancouver.

According to the Public Health Service of Canada, Legionnaires’ disease, which is not contagious, is caused by exposure to Legionella, a bacteria found naturally in soil and water. The bacteria can also be found in air conditioning systems and swimming pools.

The organization is urging anyone in Surrey experiencing fever, fatigue, cough, or shortness of breath to seek medical attention.

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