Few details released about new cases of legionnaires' disease in Moncton region


Public Health revealed few details of the four new cases of legionnaires' disease in the Moncton area on Monday while dispelling concerns they are linked to a recent outbreak in the region.

Files from the CBC reporting the sources of bacteria for the cases remain a mystery, but Dr. Yves Leger, regional medical officer of health, said findings from patient interviews and a test sample lead him to believe these are separate, "sporadic" cases of the serious infectious respiratory disease.

Leger said legionnaires' disease, which presents as a serious pneumonia, is an underreported illness, and the new cases are likely a symptom of the greater awareness of the disease following the outbreak.

The outbreak, which was announced Aug. 1 and declared over Sept. 10, saw 16 people become ill and 15 be hospitalized.

(with files from CBC)