A little on Legionnaires'
Legionnaires’ disease is a serious lung infection and a form of pneumonia caused by breathing in small droplets of contaminated water called aerosols. Legionella bacteria are found in a variety of water sources and can rapidly multiply in artificial water supplies, such as air conditioning systems, cooling towers, spa pools, showerheads and many other types of systems.
The symptoms of Legionnaires' disease are similar to the symptoms of the flu:
high temperature, feverishness and chills;
headache; and leading on to
pneumonia, very occasionally
diarrhoea and signs of mental confusion’ (www.hse.gov.uk)
The first recognised case of Legionnaires' disease occurred in 1976 in the USA amongst attendees of a Legionnaires' convention where 221 attendees contracted the disease, and 34 subsequently died. This is why the disease was named Legionnnaires’.
‘Legionnaires' disease is rare in the UK. In 2013, 284 people were reported to have the infection in England and Wales. The best way to prevent an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease is to ensure that any water system under your control is properly maintained and conforms to relevant health and safety regulations.’ (www.nhs.uk)
Some recent high profile cases of Legionnaires disease include a suspected case at the Playboy mansion in 2011 after a fundraiser at the property left 200 attendees ill. More recently in 2014 ‘Ready Steady Cook’ TV chef, Ross Burden, sadly died of Legionnaires' disease due to an infected water supply at Auckland hospital. The TV star was receiving treatment for Leukaemia during his stay in the New Zealand hospital.
This year, Legionnaires' disease has been reported in New York City, where eight residents of the same apartment block have had to receive treatment for the disease.
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