What is Legionnaire’s disease?
Legionnaire’s disease is a potentially fatal form of Pneumonia which can affect anybody. It is caused by inhaling small droplets of water from contaminated sources containing the legionella bacteria.
Where is Legionella found?
All hot and cold water systems in residential properties are a potential source for legionella bacteria growth.
Who is at risk?
Legionnaire’s disease mainly affects the elderly or people with chest or lung problems. It is not contagious and you cannot get it from drinking water. On average there are approximately 500 cases reported every year.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms are similar to those of flu:
- High temperature
- Muscle Pain
- Dry Cough
What precautions can I take?
Flush through showers and taps for a couple of minutes if you’ve been on holiday or the room is not in regular use.
Keep all shower heads and taps clean and free from a build-up of lime scale, mould or algae.
Keep hot water at a minimum temperature of 60 degrees.
What to do if you think you have contracted Legionnaire’s disease?
If you suspect you or someone in your household has contact Legionnaire’s disease contact your doctor immediately.
You should also contact us so we can take appropriate action.