Outbreak of community-acquired legionnaires' disease in southeast Norway, May 2005

Publié le 1 Avril 2005
Mis à jour le 10 septembre 2019

Norwegian health authorities are investigating an outbreak of legionnaires" disease in the neighbouring cities of Sarpsborg and Fredrikstad in southeastern Norway, close to the border with Sweden. As of 26 May, 39 cases, including five deaths, have been reported in this outbreak. All cases have been confirmed by urinary antigen testing. Cultures of clinical specimens have not yet been completed. The mean age of patients is 67 years (range: 35-94). Twenty three cases (59%) are in men. All cases are in Norwegian nationals, and there is no information on any international events in the area in the period. Thirty five of the cases (90%) are in local residents, while the remaining 4 cases have been diagnosed in patients elsewhere in Norway who had visited the area during the probable exposure period. (Introduction)

Auteur : Blystad H, Brantsaeter AB, Lovoll O
Eurosurveillance. European communicable disease quarterly, 2005, vol. 10, n°. 4-6, p. p. 127