Rapid risk assessment: Outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Lazise, Italy, July-August 2011

Risk assessment

Eleven cases of travel-associated Legionnaires’ disease (TALD) in one month, associated with four accommodation sites in the town of Lazise, Italy suggests a community outbreak from a point source. Intensive environmental investigations are underway in Italy to identify the source of this outbreak. As Legionnaires’ disease cannot be transmitted from human to human, the risk in the European Union remains limited to current (and possibly future) visitors to this area and local residents.

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