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  • Lisamarie Lamb

Who Is Most At Risk Of Legionnaires' Disease?

Legionnaires' disease is a kind of pneumonia that can be fatal if not treated quickly. Legionella pneumophila, a bacterium that can live in either treated or untreated water, is to blame. It is believed that between 200 to 250 persons in the United Kingdom become infected with the legionella bacteria annually.

Patients with legionnaires' disease frequently require admission to the intensive care unit. There will be those people whose health and quality of life are permanently diminished. A majority of survivors (75%) still feel tired months after an outbreak, and nearly two-thirds (63%) continue to experience neurologic or neuromuscular symptoms. 

What Are The Common Risk Factors For Legionnaires' Disease?

Heavy cigarette smoking is the risk factor that is most prevalent. But persistent pulmonary illness is also rather typical. Organ transplantation poses the greatest risk; the medications used to safeguard the donor organ also weaken the patient's immune system. Additionally at greater risk are patients who use corticosteroid medications.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with Assured Water for more information or to find out how we can help ensure your building is safe from legionella.

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