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Legionnaires’ disease: what you should know

Legionnaires’ disease: what you should know

What is legionella?

Legionella is a bacteria that can cause lung infections including Legionnaires’ disease, a serious type of pneumonia and Pontiac fever, a milder infection.  The disease is contracted when droplets of water in the air that contain the bacteria are inhaled. Legionella is found in fresh water and manmade water sources. Symptoms include lower respiratory illness with fever, cough, chills, muscle aches, and headaches.  A relatively small percentage of the U.S population contract the disease annually, but that number is slightly on the rise. It is usually treatable with antibiotics.

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