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Legionnaires' disease confirmed in Birmingham

An investigation is under way after a case of Legionnaires' disease was confirmed in Birmingham.

Birmingham City Council said a staff member was identified as having the disease while on annual leave.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) and the council are focusing their investigation in the east of the city.

It is not known if there is any link with an outbreak of the disease in south Wales earlier this month in which two people have died.

Birmingham City Council is reassuring people the disease cannot be passed from person to person and they are working with the HPA and other bodies to any precautionary measure needed.

'No risk'

The patient is being treated at Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham.

Jim McManus, director of public health at the council, said: "We have been advised that while on annual leave a member of council staff was confirmed to have Legionnaire's disease.

"We are working closely with the Health Protection Agency, Environmental Health Officers and the Health and Safety Executive to establish the cause of infection.

"At the present time there have been no other reports and we do not believe there to be any risk to employees or residents, but we are investigating and will take precautionary measures."

The number of cases reported in the West Midlands over the past four years is continuing to fall with 38 diagnosed last year, a council spokesman said.

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