Qantas worker gets Legionnaire’s disease

A Qantas worker at Sydney airport has contracted legionnaire’s disease and her workmates have been warned by the airline to be alert for symptoms of the deadly disease. “A fleet presentation employee (aircraft cleaner) has been diagnosed with legionnaire’s disease,” Qantas staff were told yesterday in a one-page memo according to the Australian Associated Press.

“Qantas medical has contacted NSW Public Health who have confirmed the case,” Brendan Fitzgerald, the airline’s head of Sydney airport, said in the memo to cleaners.

The cleaner is understood to be in a medically induced coma at Westmead Hospital after falling ill on Monday.

A Qantas spokesman today said: “A small number of people who work directly with the woman have been given health information that includes information about legionnaire’s disease”.