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Legionnaires' Disease is on the Rise


legionella bacterium


Cases of Legionnaires’ disease are on the rise in the United States, as reports of new cases in New York persist. The airborne disease, caused by legionella bacteria, has killed 13 people so far this year in the Bronx area of the city, and hospitalised 128. Since January this year, there have been 280 reported cases of Legionnaires’ disease across England and Wales.


Symptoms of Legionnaires' Disease:

A person who has the disease will present with symptoms of coughing, fever, shortness of breath, aching muscles and headaches. It causes symptoms of pneumonia and requires antibiotics for treatment.


Complications of Legionnaires':

However, legionella bacteria can also cause Pontiac fever, which differs from Legionnaires' disease. This type of fever presents similar symptoms that last for two to five days but may not require any treatment. Unlike Legionnaires' disease, Pontiac Fever does not cause pneumonia.

The high risk groups for Legionnaires' disease are those aged over fifty, current and former smokers, and those with an already compromised immune system.


Legionnaires' Prevention:

The best way to prevent Legionnaires’ disease is through effective management of water systems. Please contact Clearwater to find out more about how to prevent this killer disease.