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Legionnaires' Disease

Causing 2% of pneumonia cases that need hospital treatment Legionnaires' is a type of pneumonia or lung infection..

Over 40 different strains of the Legionella germ have now been identified and came to be known as Legionnaires' disease, or legionellosis in 1976..

The Legionella germs often contaminate cooling systems in large buildings such as hotels and offices, showers can also be contaminated..

About 75% of all British cases occur in isolated instances and not in epidemics. In most of these cases the source of the germs is not found.

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