Woman contracts legionnaires' disease

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 June, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 June, 2007, 12:00am

A 52-year-old woman with legionnaires' disease has prompted an investigation by the health authority. The Centre for Health Protection said the woman from Lantau Island developed a fever on May 26 and was admitted to a private hospital on May 31 in a stable condition. She had made a trip to Macau on May 14 to 16 before falling ill. The case was the third reported this year. Sixteen cases were reported last year and 11 in 2005. The disease is a respiratory illness that develops within two to 10 days of exposure to the bacteria. Initial symptoms may include headache, coughing, aching muscles, high fever and chest pains.