Death toll in Legionnaires' outbreak in Polish town of Rzeszow rises to 14

A further three people, infected with Legionella bacteria, have died in Rzeszow in south-east Poland. It brings the overall total in the country to 14.

Cases of Legionella pneumophila have been found in four provinces with 159 people now infected. Nine new cases were reported on Tuesday.

Cases of Legionella pneumophila have been detected in four provinces: Podkarpackie, Lubelskie, Małopolskie and Wielkopolskie.

In response to the growing number of legionellosis cases, Chief Sanitary Inspector Krzysztof Saczka has issued recommendations for the whole country. These include disinfecting showers, unscrewing sieves and using only boiled water.

Elderly and vulnerable people with weakened immune systems are particularly susceptible to Legionella. But the Legionella pneumophila infection can be detected quickly and easily.

Legionellosis is a disease of the respiratory tract. It is infectious but not contagious. It is caused by Legionella bacteria, which are found in water and multiply at temperatures between 20 and 50 degrees Celsius.