HOLIDAYMAKERS heading to Poland this autumn have been warned to remain vigilant amid an outbreak of a silent killer in the water supply.
At least 11 people have died in the country and more than 100 have been infected with Legionnaires’ disease.
The killer bug was found in the water supply system of the southeastern Polish city of Rzeszow.
Cases of Legionnaires’ disease are also emerging in more areas, with a single case reported in the popular holiday destination of Kraków on Sunday.
Security officials are investigating whether the city’s water was deliberately contaminated by Russian intelligence.
Legionnaires’ disease, caused by Legionella bacteria, can lead to severe pneumonia and even death.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the most common mode of transmission is through inhalation of infected jets, jets, or mist of water from contaminated water sources.
According to the European Center for Disease Control, the bacteria that cause the disease were found in 113 hospitalized patients in Rzeszow and the surrounding area.
The seven deceased were aged between 64 and 95 and had other health problems.
Rzeszów is Poland’s main hub for sending military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine and a base for US troops.
“The [ABW] The investigation aims to rule out any outside interference that could have led to the outbreak of the disease,” Stanisław Żaryn, deputy coordinator of the Polish security services, said in a statement Video posted on Friday.
What are the symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease?
Look out for these symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease:
- a cough
- difficulty breathing
- chest pain
- a high temperature
- flu-like symptoms
You may need to go to the hospital if you are diagnosed with the bug.
You should definitely call NHS 111 if you can’t breathe properly, have chest pains or think you have a bad flu.
At home, you can reduce the risk of Legionnaires’ disease by removing any debris around showerheads, which can trap water, says Asthma and Lung UK.
The charity advised you to run showers or faucets that you haven’t used recently for five minutes every two weeks.
If you own a hot tub or home spa, it’s also important that you drain, clean, and sanitize it regularly.