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Contaminated Water Can Be a Source of Legionnaires Disease

Legionnaires’ disease is not a common illness, but for those most susceptible – people over 65, smokers, and people suffering from lung disease or weak immune systems – it can prove fatal. The bacteria that causes Legionnaires’, called legionella, spreads through contaminated water. The bacteria can become airborne when water from cooling systems or plumbing becomes vapor, or in some cases, the bacteria can be found in drinking water.

Preventing outbreaks caused by contaminated drinking water may require increased diligence by some property owners. Indoor plumbing lines can sometimes be breeding grounds for legionella bacteria. Regular monitoring of these water systems may help save lives in the future.

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