What is Legionnaires disease? Five most common questions

by Michael Addison in How To / FAQ Guides | posted:

Legionnaires disease

Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia.

It is a lung infection caused by inhaling small droplets of Legionnaires contaminated water.

Contrary to popular belief, it cannot pass from one person to another.


How does my business get contaminated?


Legionella originates in fresh water environments, like lakes and streams.

It can become a health concern when it grows and spreads in a buildings water system.

Legionella enters through the system via a pipeline or a water treatment process.

However, this can happen even if the building is new.


All that is needed to grow in a water system is a few Legionella bacteria.


Think about how much running water you have at a time.

Whatever business you run there is a running water system.

Be it air conditioning systems, showers or swimming pools.

Legionella can multiply, with deadly results.


Can Legionnaires disease kill you?


The (CDC) estimated that during Legionnaire outbreaks, fatalities have ranged from 5% for healthy individuals to 24% for those more vulnerable.

Legionnaires’ is especially fatal to people who are elderly, ill, or have a comprised immune system.

For example, Ready Steady Cook star Ross Burden died because of legionnaires when he was treated for leukaemia.


What are the long-term effects of Legionnaires disease?


Onset- symptoms include combinations of dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing.

Yet, if left untreated it can lead to mental disorientation and death.


Those who have a comprised immune system are more vulnerable.


What are the implications to my business?


Legionnaire’s disease is a gross failure under the health and safety act 1974.

If ignored, an outbreak can occur.

A Stoke DIY chain got fined £1 million after its hot tub display created an outbreak, infecting 21 people, killing two.


How do I get tested for Legionnaires disease?


Legionnaires disease is preventable.

Legionella is able to reoccur after a water system has been treated.

This is why it is important to check your water systems.

At Direct365 we offer a complete Risk assessment of your building with a fully written review.

Additionally, we also provide a documented action plan tailored to your business.


Don’t put your customers and business in danger.

Speak to our experts and protect your business with Legionella testing from as little as £266 plus VAT.


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