Exposure Sources of Legionella

Legionnaires’ Disease

Legionnaire’s Disease is severe pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria. Legionella is a naturally occurring bacteria that grows best in warm water. It is most commonly transferred to people when they unknowingly inhale contaminated mist or vapor.

How to Catch Legionnaires’ Disease

Legionella is not transmitted from person to person. It is only caught when people breathe in mist or vapor containing the bacteria. Places it is commonly found are hot tubs, cooling towers, hot water tanks, large plumbing systems and decorative fountains. An example scenario is breathing in droplets sprayed from a hot tub that has not been properly cleaned or disinfected.
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Symptoms of Legionnaires’ Disease

Symptoms of Legionella Pneumonia are similar to a severe flue. They include fever, headache, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, dry cough and pneumonia. Most healthy people exposed to this bacteria will not become sick. People at risk for illness are those older than 50, current or former smokers, have chronic lung problems such as COPD, have weak immune systems from cancer, have diabetes or kidney failure or are receiving chemotherapy.

Treatment Options

The longer treatment is delayed the chance of mortality increases. Most patients who catch Legionnaire’s Disease require hospitalization. Treatment includes antibiotics to combat the bacteria and improvements usually begin within 3-5 days.

Your Legal Rights

If you or a loved one has been affected by Legionnaires’ disease or has been exposed to Legionella bacteria, you may be entitled to compensation. Morris, Haynes is a law firm specializing in plaintiff’s litigation involving Legionnaire’s Disease. We will make sure that if you contracted the disease due to the negligence or improper cleaning of others you get what you deserve.

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