Legionnaires’ disease is a serious pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacteria.
People become infected when they inhale water droplets from a contaminated water source such as cooling towers, air conditioning systems and spa pools.
Early symptoms include muscle aches, tiredness, headaches, a dry cough and fever. Sometimes you may also have diarrhoea and develop confusion. The symptoms of pneumonia are a cough, shortness of breath and chest pain.
- Legionella and Legionnaires’ disease – HSE
- Legionella Control
- Legionnaires’ disease: guidance, data and analysis – gov.uk
- Legionnaires’ disease – NHS Choices
- Legionnaires’ disease – Patient info
- Legionnaires’ disease – BUPA
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