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What is the link between Legionnaires' Disease and Pneumonia

November 4, 2019 at 2:29 PM

Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia, but what exactly is pneumonia?

Pneumonia is the name given to an inflammation of the tissue in one or both lungs. Your lungs are made up of air sacs known as alveoli and when these are affected – in the case of Legionnaires’ by bacterial infection – they become inflamed and may fill with fluid or pus causing symptoms such as a cough, chills, fever and difficulty in breathing.

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What is Legionnaires' Disease?

September 6, 2019 at 11:56 AM

Legionnaires' disease is a serious form of pneumonia which infects the lungs.

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How temperature affects legionella bacteria in water systems

August 7, 2019 at 9:51 AM

Every year a significant number of cases of Legionnaires’ disease are reported, many resulting in long illnesses or even deaths.

It’s a potentially fatal disease that is not going away and could even be on the rise.

The disease is a type of pneumonia which can prove fatal to people who are likely to be more susceptible to its effects – the elderly, people with lung conditions, people with weakened immune systems and anyone who drinks or smokes heavily.

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What you need to know about Legionella: symptoms, treatment and recovery

July 11, 2019 at 1:29 PM

Legionnaires' disease is an extreme form of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria. It can be caught by inhaling water droplets containing the bacteria. Legionella bacteria grow when water temperatures are between 20-45°C, where nutrients, such as rust, sludge, scale, sediment and algae are available, and also where water is stagnant in the water system (eg, if a shower or tap is not regularly used).

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