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Legionnaires disease

Legionnaires disease is a form of pneumonia, which can be potentially fatal. 

The legionella bacteria can be spread through stagnant water and small numbers can be found in rivers and lakes. An individual can contact the disease through breathing in droplets of the contaminated water.

Large buildings that have complex water supplies tend to be more at risk of the spread of bacteria, including hotels, hospitals and office blocks. If the bacteria find its way into an air conditioning system it can spread rapidly, potentially affecting everyone exposed.

Symptoms of legionnaires disease include:

  • High fever

  • Muscle pain

  • Chills

  • Chest pains

  • Difficulty in breathing

While most people who contract the disease make a full recovery there are exceptions and in some cases it can cause organs such as the kidneys and lungs to stop working properly.

If you have been exposed to legionella bacteria and have suffered as a result, you could be entitled to compensation.

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