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Legionnaires' disease

  • potentially fatal lung infection caused by legionella bacteria

  • Initial symptoms include a high fever and muscle pain

  • It is treated by intravenous antibiotics

  • Legionella bacteria are commonly found in sources of water, such as rivers and lakes, which sometimes find their way into artificial water supply systems

  • NHS advice is that large buildings such as hotels, hospitals and office blocks are more vulnerable to legionella contamination because they have larger, more complex water supply systems and the bacteria can quickly spread

  • Legionnaires' disease is three times more common in men than women and mostly affects people aged over 50

  • An estimated 10% of people who contract the disease will die from complications arising from infection

Source: NHS

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