A Dayton-area company is working to eliminate the source of the largest outbreak of deadly Legionnaires’ disease in Ohio history.
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- Legionella bacteria is found naturally in the environment, often in warm water.
- The bacteria cannot be transmitted from person to person.
- When people breathe in a mist or a small droplets of water in the air with the Legionella bacteria, they can get Legionnaires’ disease.
- Legionnaires’ disease manifests as pneumonia or lung infection since the Legionnella bacteria grows in the lungs.
- With Legionella bacteria, outbreaks occur when two or more people become ill in the same place at about the same time, such as patients in hospitals.
- Outbreaks have happened on cruise ships and in hotels, with likely sources being hot tubs, air-conditioning units for large buildings and water for drinking and showering.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.