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How is legionnaires disease transmitted?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Ihalation: The bacterium Legionella Pneumophila causes most cases of Legionnaire's Disease & is spread when microscopic water drops are inhaled.
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Water: Legionella lives in water and is amplified in man made water systems where water is heated and potentially stagnant. Inhalation of aerosols of this water and or aspiration of water into the lungs can cause the disease. Humidification systems, showers, hot tubs, etc have been implicated. Home systems seem to have low risk.

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What is legionnaires' disease?

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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 25 years experience
A type of pneumonia: It is a type of pneumonia caused by a bacterium called legionella. This bacterium likes to grow in standing water such as in air conditioning units.

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