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Legionella

Legionella

Legionnaires disease is a lung infection which is a form of pneumonia which can be fatal, caused by the legionella bacterium.

The Legionella bacteria are found naturally in the environment, usually in water systems such as lakes, ponds, reservoirs and rivers.

It can be found in in water systems in the form of tiny droplets of water where the temperature is between 20 and 40 degrees centigrade.

The most common way to get this illness is through inhaling water droplets from a contaminated water system containing the bacteria.

Symptoms of Legionella are similar to flu which can include:

  • Headaches
  • Muscle Pains
  • Tiredness
  • Dry Cough
  • Fever

In most cases it can be treated with antibiotics, but in extreme cases it has been fatal.

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