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Legionella

 You asked me about legionella, which is a type of bacteria that can cause serious lung infections. Here is a summary of what I found from the web:



  • Legionella is a genus of gram-negative bacteria that includes the species L. pneumophila, which causes legionellosis, a group of illnesses that includes Legionnaires’ disease and Pontiac fever
  • Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia that can cause fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle pain, and headache. Pontiac fever is a mild flu-like illness that does not affect the lungs
  • Legionella bacteria are found naturally in freshwater environments, like lakes and streams. They can also grow and spread in human-made water systems, such as showerheads, faucets, cooling towers, hot tubs, and potting mixes
  • Most people catch Legionnaires’ disease by inhaling the bacteria from water or soil. The bacteria are not transmitted from person to person. Most people exposed to the bacteria do not get sick, but some people are more at risk, such as older adults, smokers, and people with weakened immune systems
  • Legionnaires’ disease can be treated with antibiotics, but there is no vaccine available. The disease can be fatal if not treated promptly. The best way to prevent Legionnaires’ disease is to maintain and disinfect water systems regularly and avoid breathing in aerosols from contaminated sources

I hope this helps you learn more about legionella. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask me. I’m always happy to chat with you. 馃槉

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