What is Legionella?
Legionella is a bacteria found in both potable and nonpotable water systems that is the cause of Legionnaires’ disease and proliferates rapidly in warm water environments.
70% of all Water Systems are Contaminated with Legionella
Legionella can only infect individuals when it is has been inhaled in mist, steam, or vapor that has been contaminated with the bacteria, but the disease is not contagious once it has been contracted.
1 in 4 Legionella Cases Result in Death
Legionnaires' disease, the resulting condition of being affected by Legionella, is a severe, often lethal, form of pneumonia that affects up to an estimated 18,000 people in the United States each year.
Drinking/Potable Water Systems are Accountable for 99% of Legionella Risk
In order to cause harm to an individual infected water must be aspirated or inhaled, so look to sources such as cooling towers, showers, sinks, humidifiers, misters, fountains, ice machines, whirlpools, etc.
There has been a 550% increase in reported Legionella cases since 2000 as reported by the CDC.
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Scientists named Legionella after an outbreak occurred at the American Legion Convention in Philadelphia in 1976