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What You Should Know About Legionnaires' Disease

What You Should Know About Legionnaires’ Disease

Just this week, seven cooling towers in the Bronx tested positive for Legionella bacteria.

Legionella bacteria is linked to Legionnaires’ disease, which is a severe, often lethal, form of pneumonia. Because the disease can be potentially fatal, it’s important to know what to do if you begin experiencing symptoms. Here are six informative links about Legionnaires’ disease to help you stay healthy.

1. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Legionella bacteria causes two different illnesses: Legionnaires’ disease and Pontiac fever. Pontiac fever is considered a mild form of Legionnaires’ disease.

2. Legionnaires’ can be hard to diagnose because symptoms don’t typically occur until two to 14 days after an individual is exposed to the bacteria.

3. Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease include a high fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, headaches and muscle aches.

4. Each year, between 10,000 and 18,000 people are infected with the Legionella bacteria in the United States.

5. The bacteria legionella gets it’s name from a 1976 outbreak during an American Legion convention in Philadelphia.

6. Legionnaires’ disease can be successfully treated with antibiotics.

The Legionella bacteria is best known for thriving in warm and wet conditions, which can make poorly-maintained HVAC systems an ideal location for the bacteria to grow. However, Legionnaires’ disease bacteria cannot survive without water, so when an HVAC system is properly maintained, it is less likely be a problem. Fortunately, maintaining your HVAC system is easy when you schedule a professional maintenance checkup with Quick Servant. If you’d like to learn more about our quality maintenance services, give us a call today or schedule an appointment online.