Cooling towers near Melbourne shopping centre linked to Legionnaire's outbreak
Cooling towers near the Cranbourne shopping have been linked to a recent outbreak of Legionnaires' disease that has hospitalised four people since February.
All four people, who were aged between 45 and 78, were from the area near the cooling towers, not far from the shopping centre. The centre itself does not have cooling towers.
The Department of Health & Human Services has begun to test samples from several local cooling towers, which have also been thoroughly disinfected since news of the outbreak.
If you're suffering from flu-like syptoms or pneumonia, including headaches, fever, chills, muscle aches and pains, Chief Health Officer, Professor Charles Guest has urged that you head to your GP as soon as possible.
The onset of Legionnaires' Disease can take up to 10 days from contact to develop, and people who age 50+ are in a slightly higher risk category.
Vicinity Centres and Cranbourne Park have issued the following statement:
The Department of Health & Human Services today made us aware of an outbreak of Legionnaires disease in the wider Cranbourne area.
There are no cooling towers at Cranbourne Park shopping centre which means it cannot be the source of the Legionnaires outbreak.
As always, the safety and wellbeing of our customers, retailers, team members and the wider community is of paramount importance to us.
If anyone in the Cranbourne area is reporting any symptoms or has any further queries about the outbreak please contact the Department of Health and Human Services on 1300 651 160 (24 hours).