Legionnaires' disease

Legionnaires' Diseases Cases Rise By 82% In Past Year

Legionnaires' Diseases In Swimming Pool

The latest figures show a huge rise in the number of Legionnaire’s disease cases – almost double the number of cases were reported in 2018 compared to 2017

A few years ago, the trend showed a slowdown and overall, the annual number of laboratory-confirmed Legionellosis cases in England & Wales was lower in 2016 (359) than in 2015 (390), according to documents published by Public Health England.

But the number of Legionnaires’ disease cases rose steadily up to 448 in 2017. In 2018, in the number of reported/notified cases of Legionnaire’s disease was 814 – a rise of 82% on the previous year.

Legionnaires' disease figures rise in 2018

Legionnaire's disease can be spread from any water system

There has been a worrying and significant rise in the number of confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease over the past two years.

Overall, the annual number of laboratory-confirmed Legionellosis cases in England & Wales was lower in 2016 (359) than in 2015 (390).  But the number of Legionnaires' disease cases rose to 448 in 2017. In 2018, in the eight months up until the end of August, the number of reported/notified cases of Legionnaire’s disease was already 447.