Rise in Le­gion­naires cases

Waikato Times - - News -

A Can­ter­bury woman is in an in­duced coma on life sup­port af­ter be­ing struck down by Le­gion­naires dis­ease last week. Jil­lian Wadsworth, 40, was rushed to Christchurch Hospi­tal last Thurs­day and was put in an in­duced coma on Fri­day. On Satur­day night she was flown to Auck­land Hospi­tal, where she was put on life-sup­port. She is one of 10 Cantabri­ans struck by the dis­ease in the past week with the spike be­ing blamed on a boost in the use of pot­ting mix for spring gar­den­ing. Can­ter­bury med­i­cal of­fi­cer of health Dr Alis­tair Humphrey hoped the spike would be a wake-up call for com­pla­cent gar­den­ers. ‘‘If you do get this ill­ness it can be very se­ri­ous. It can kill you and if it doesn’t kill you some­times you can end up in hospi­tal for a very long time.’’

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