Two on Black Watch test positive for Legionnaires' disease

Two British passengers on the Fred Olsen Cruise Lines ship, the Black Watch, have tested positive for Legionnaires' disease, the line confirmed Tuesday.

Fred Olsen said Monday that seven passengers had been hospitalized in Stockholm, Sweden, on July 27 with pneumonia-like symptoms. The British cruise line said that two of those passengers have since tested positive for legionella bacteria, and that both patients are responding well to treatment.

Four of the other passengers have now returned to the U.K., the line said, while one remains in Stockholm with a non-related illness.  

The Black Watch arrived in Dover, England, Monday evening, Fred Olsen said, two days ahead of schedule.

The line added that investigations are currently underway to determine where the infection may have been contracted as the vessel had previously visited five ports in northern Europe before arriving in Stockholm.   

Britain's Guardian newspaper reported that some passengers disembarking the ship suspected the infection had been picked up at a fountain in St. Petersburg, Russia, one of the stops on the cruise.

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