Legionnaires Disease Symptoms

Legionnaires Disease is a form of Pneumonia that is caused by Legionella bacteria. It can only be contracted by aspirating infected water vapor and can be fatal is left untreated.

The risk of death from Legionnaires Disease is higher for those who are infected while already in a hospital or for those with chronic diseases.

Symptoms typically appear 2-10 days after exposure. Treatments for Legionnaires Disease use antibiotics to fight the symptoms and breathing assistance from a ventilator may be required.

The symptoms of Legionnaires’ Disease include:
Legionnaires Disease Symptoms

    Initial Symptoms

  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills and/or fever
  • Advanced Symptoms

    (usually appear after 2-3 days)

  • Cough (with mucus or blood)
  • Chest pains
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea, Diarrhea, or Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • When to Seek Medical Attention

    Please contact your doctor if you experience these symptoms or if you suspect you have been exposed to Legionella bacteria by aspirating infected water vapor. Certain people are at an elevated risk for contracting Legionnaires Disease, like smokers, people over 50 years of age, or those with weakened immune systems.

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