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Legionnaire's Disease

Is caused from inhaling certain bacteria from infected water, present through hot showers, air conditioning, or steam rooms, but not by person to person

.The elderly are more susceptible to infections.Symptoms occur after 2-10 days, and include chest infection, high fever, headache, and shortness of breath, bloody cough, nausea, vomiting, confusion, and loss of weight.

Diagnosis may be made with blood, urine, or sputum sample.

Antibiotics are an infective treatment.

Often outbreaks follow patterns, so avoiding places known to have outbreaks help to present cases.

Legionnaire's Disease links
CDC http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dbmd/ diseaseinfo/legionellosis_g.htm

US dept of Labour http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/legionnairesdisease/

http://www.legionella.org/