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Legionnaires – Landlords need to be aware.

27 June 2016
Legionnaire

Is legionnaire a real issue? ……… very much so ….read on

A British granddad spent eight weeks in hospital in Bulgaria after contracting Legionnaires’ disease while on holiday.
The granddad is now demanding answers as he believes broken air conditioning in the hotel room he shared with wife contributed to the serious lung infection.
The 72-year-old was left unable to walk without crutches, read the full story

Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia caused by the inhalation of small droplets of contaminated water containing Legionella. All man-made hot and cold water systems are likely to provide an environment where Legionella can grow.

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What is Legionnaire? 

Legionellosis is a collective term for diseases caused by legionella bacteria including the most serious Legionnaires’ disease, as well as the similar but less serious conditions of Pontiac fever and Lochgoilhead fever. Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia and everyone is susceptible to infection. The risk increases with age but some people are at higher risk including:

  • people over 45 years of age
  • smokers and heavy drinkers
  • people suffering from chronic respiratory or kidney disease
  • diabetes, lung and heart disease
  • anyone with an impaired immune system

The bacterium Legionella pneumophila and related bacteria are common in natural water sources such as rivers, lakes and reservoirs, but usually in low numbers. They may also be found in purpose-built water systems such as cooling towers, evaporative condensers, hot and cold water systems and spa pools and even shower heads and residential water tanks.