20 May 2016

NSW Health has confirmed that as at 3.00pm today no new cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been notified in Burwood.

Environmental health officers have completed the assessments and testing of potential sources of the outbreak in the Burwood Local Government Area (LGA), the common area where all four Legionnaires’ cases had visited before the onset of the disease.

Final results of this testing will be available early next week.

As a precaution, NSW Health continues to assess cooling towers and other potential risks outside the Burwood investigation area, although these are less likely sources of the outbreak. These include parts of Concord West and Rhodes where some, but not all, patients visited.

NSW Health has urged the owners of buildings in the Burwood and Canada Bay LGAs to clean their cooling towers and also to ensure that their towers are operated and maintained according to the requirement of the Public Health Act.

NSW Health also has a Legionella panel comprised of experts in this field which is actively reviewing the recent outbreaks and considering whether any new measures are required to strengthen prevention and control activities.

The expert panel is comprised of environmental health specialists, an infectious disease physician, a legal expert, industry experts, mechanical engineer, local government representative and an international expert that advises the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

For further information on Legionnaires’ disease: www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/Legionnaires_disease.aspx ​​

Page Updated: Friday 20 May 2016