There has been an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease recently, in a hospital in Quebec City. There has been 12 confirmed deaths from complications due to the disease. The outbreak has made 176 people sick, but health authorities say its under control.
What is Legionnaire's disease?
Legionnaire's disease is caused by legionella bacteria, which can be found in stagnant water in building's rooftop cooling towers. The bacteria is then spread through droplets in the ventilation system.
Symptoms include coughing, persistent fever and difficulty breathing.
Heavy smokers and those with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to the illness.
If the disease is diagnosed in time, it can be treated with antibiotics.
Legionnaire's disease or legionellosis, is a lung infection (pneumonia) caused by the Legionella bacteria.
Modern cooling towers or evaporative condensers on buildings make it possible for the Legionella bacteria to become airborne, for the towers spray water into the circulating air.
It is usually found in large buildings, such as hospitals or hotels, or on cruise ships. Other cooling towers in nearby buildings can also be affected. Electric humidifiers, shower heads that spray fine water into the lungs as well as hospital respiratory equipment have all been known to spread Legionnaire's disease. It is also transmitted through air conditioning, heating and cooling systems.
It is not transmitted from person to person, and is not contagious.
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