Legionnaires’ Disease is a serious form of pneumonia caused by a bacterium called Legionella. You can contract Legionella by the inhalation of small water droplets that are suspended in the air, also known as aerosols. The disease is more prevalent in men and mainly effects the middle-aged and elderly. Smokers and people with chest problems are more vulnerable to Legionnaires’ Disease.
High temperature, fever, cough, muscle pains and headache are some the symptoms of the disease. It is combination of one or more diseases that is a symptom of Legionnaires’. Legionella is found in water sources such as rivers and lakes. However, the bacteria may also be found in artificial water systems such as cooling towers, pool water, spas and other water storage places.