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Controlling Legionnaires disease


Posted by Expert Guidance, Infectious Diseases, Health Protection Agency

Following the recent outbreak of Legionnaires disease in South Wales, GovToday invited the Health Protection Agency to discuss the work they are conducting around this deadly disease.

Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia caused by legionella bacteria.  It can be treated successfully treated with the appropriate antibiotics but even with prompt treatment death can occur in 10-12% of cases. Men are more often affected than women (three times as many men are affected as women) and most cases are found in people over 50 years of age.  The disease is found more often in people who smoke, have pre-exiting chest problems and who have a depressed immune system.


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