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

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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)