16 September 2005
Hunt for source of LD outbreak
THE hunt is on in south London for the source of an
outbreak of legionnaires' disease which has struck
down 12 people since the middle of July.
The source of the outbreak has so far eluded Health
Protection Agency (HPA) workers who are known to
have been searching Wandsworth, Bromley and Bexley.
Five new cases of the disease have been reported in
the last week, including an eighth at Lewisham
Hospital. A further two patients are still receiving
treatment at a hospital, in Sidcup.
The first patient, a 46-year-old man was admitted to
Lewisham Hospital on July 18 and is still in intensive