Netherlands: Legionnaires Disease outbreak kills one, sicks 16 people

Netherlands: Legionnaires Disease outbreak kills one,  sicks 16 people
Netherlands: Legionnaires Disease outbreak kills one, sicks 16 people

The cases have been scattered across Amsterdam and no common source has been identified, according to the City Health Service, known by its Dutch acronym GGD.

The disease is often spread in warm, humid climates, sometimes by water fountains or industrial cooling towers.

Legionnaire's Disease, a pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacteria, usually spreads via small droplets of water. Symptoms usually appear within two to 10 days after infection.

The likelihood of infection increases with the amount of exposure and the weakness of a victim's immune system.

The first cases were reported July 7, shortly after the first heat wave of the Dutch summer.