Jacuzzi closes over case of legionnaires' disease

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 10 January, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 10 January, 2009, 12:00am

A private clubhouse in Discovery Bay, Club Siena, has temporarily closed its jacuzzi after a 38-year-old man who had used it was confirmed to have legionnaires' disease.

The Centre for Health Protection said yesterday the man developed fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, muscle pain and a cough on December 27. 'Preliminary laboratory tests on water samples taken at the jacuzzi yielded positive results for legionella,' a centre spokesman said.

The source of the infection had yet to be confirmed, he said, and there were no other related cases.

A worker at Club Siena confirmed last night its jacuzzi was closed. 'We will open it later after the investigation and cleaning,' she said.

The centre's investigation revealed that during the incubation period, the man had stayed in a relative's home on Lantau Island and used jacuzzi facilities in the clubhouse. He had also travelled to the mainland. The man was now in stable condition in a private hospital.

The centre's spokesman said the closure was a precautionary measure to protect the public. 'The centre has conducted visits to the clubhouse and advised the management to carry out thorough disinfection and cleansing measures,' he said.

A hotline, 2125 1122, had been set up to provide information. 'Residents of Discovery Bay who have visited the jacuzzi should pay attention to their health condition and seek medical attention if they have the above symptoms,' he said.