Legionnaire's disease patient treated at Plymouth's Derriford Hospital
A CASE of legionnaire’s disease has been found in at Derriford Hospital, health chiefs have confirmed.
The potentially-deadly lung infection has been contracted by one person who is now a patient at Plymouth's main hospital, but it is unclear where the disease originated from.
Public Health England and Plymouth City Council are currently investigating how the patient became infected.
Legionnaire's disease is contracted through water infected with naturally occurring legionella bacteria.
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The disease is not contagious and cannot be spread from person to person.
A Public Health England spokesperson told The Herald: "Public Health England can confirm that it is working with Plymouth City Council to investigate a single, isolated case of Legionnaire’s disease.
"The person affected is currently receiving treatment in Derriford hospital, Plymouth.
"As is normal practice, the family of the affected person have been asked a set of questions to try and identify a possible source of the infection."
The disease is relatively rare - in 2010 there were 359 reported cases in England and Wales, resulting in 38 deaths.
In the most cases those infected will make a full recovery but in a small minority it can lead to life-long complications.