About Legionnaires’ Disease
What Is Legionnaires’ Disease
- Legionella is a bacterium (bacteria) than can cause severe pneumonia, which is called Legionnaire’s Disease.
- The Symptoms of Legionnaires are similar to a severe flu and can include: fever, headache, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, dry cough, and pneumonia.
- From time of exposure it takes between 2 to 14 days for symptoms to appear.
Where Are the Most Common Places to Get Legionnaires’ Disease?
- Legionella bacteria thrive in warm water and warm damp places.
- It can be found in improperly maintained showers, hot tubs, hotel pools, spas, fountains, cruise ships, and cooling towers for air conditioning units.
- The bacteria spreads through contaminated water vapor or mist, so you can be infected even if you are not immediately around these sources.