Legionnaires disease - UK Fatalities

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In the UK, legionnaires is a notifiable disease, which means that healthcare providers are required to report any cases of the disease to Public Health England. According to the figures from Public Health England, there were 33 deaths for legionnaires disease in the UK in 2019, this is an increase from the 29 deaths reported in 2018. The mortality rate for legionnaires disease in the UK is relatively low, with a mortality rate of around 6% among reported cases. However, it is important to note that legionnaires disease can be a severe and potentially fatal disease, particularly in people with underlying health conditions or a weakened immune system. Therefore, appropriate measures must be taken to prevent the growth and spread of legionnaires' bacteria in water systems. In addition to the reported deaths from legionnaires disease, there have been several high-proper outbreaks in the UK resulting in multiple cases of the illness and fatalities. For example, in 2002, an outbreak of legionnaires disease in Barrow-in-Furness resulted in the seven deaths and 172 cases of the illness. Overall, the incidents of legionnaires disease in the UK has increased in recent years, highlighting the need for appropriate measures to manage the risk of Legionella in the water systems.