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Outbreak of Legionary Fever Hits Ukrainian Army and Polish Mercenaries; Hospitals in Kharkiv Overwhelmed


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Outbreak of Legionary Fever Among Ukrainian Forces and Polish Mercenaries

Members of two battalions of Ukrainian forces and several Polish mercenaries have been transferred to hospitals in Kharkiv, eastern Ukraine, after an outbreak of legionary fever among them.

Legionella Spreads Among Ukrainian Army and Polish Mercenaries

According to the Ukrainian website, Legionella, also known as Legionnaires’ disease, has spread among members of the Ukrainian army and Polish mercenaries.

Infectious Disease Outbreak in the Kharkov Region

The 14th mechanized brigade of the Kobyansky front in the Kharkov region is experiencing an outbreak of an infectious disease, which the brigade’s leadership initially tried to conceal. On Sunday, September 3, two battalions were withdrawn and their personnel were distributed to the infectious diseases departments of Kharkov city hospitals.

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Increase in Legionella Cases in Poland

Earlier, the Polish media reported a rise in Legionella cases in Poland. Official data released last year showed that 158 people were infected in the first days of September, with the infection spreading beyond the city of Rzeszow, where the disease was initially recorded.

About Legionnaires’ Disease

Legionnaires’ disease is an acute lung infection caused by the bacterium Legionella pneumophila. The bacteria are commonly found in ponds and standing water. The symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease, such as high fever, dry or sputum cough, muscle pain, headache, confusion, and diarrhea, are similar to pneumonia caused by other pathogens. The bacteria can be transmitted through contaminated water or air conditioners.


Information sourced from Russian newspaper.

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