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What're the symptoms of Legionnaires' disease?

Legionnaires' disease develops within 2 to 10 days after exposure to legionellae. The early symptoms of legionellosis may be flu-like with muscle aches, headaches, tiredness and a dry cough followed by a fever, chills and occasionally diarrhoea. Pneumonia may develop. This is followed by a dry cough. Around one to two days later, symptoms progress and can include a fever that goes up and down, chest pain, confusion, delirium, diarrhea, and stomach pain. The cough usually becomes productive, meaning it brings up sputum (saliva and mucus). There may be blood in the sputum and the urine. A small percentage of patients may experience kidney failure. Legionnaires' disease is not contagious, which means it cannot be passed from one person directly to another.


More information on Legionnaires' disease

What is Legionnaires' disease? - Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia that is caused by Legionella, a bacterium found primarily in warm water environments.
What causes Legionnaires' disease? - Legionnaires' disease is caused by inhaling Legionella bacteria from the environment. The bacteria are dispersed in aerosols of contaminated water.
How is Legionnaires' disease transmitted? - Most people contract Legionnaires' disease by inhaling mist that comes from a water source contaminated with Legionella bacteria.
What're the symptoms of Legionnaires' disease? - The early symptoms of legionellosis may be flu-like with muscle aches, headaches, tiredness and a dry cough followed by a fever.
How is Legionnaires' disease diagnosed? - The diagnosis of Legionnaires' disease is the process of identifying a disease by its signs, symptoms and results of various diagnostic procedures.
What's the treatment for Legionnaires' disease? - The goal of treatment for Legionnaires' disease is to eliminate the infection with antibiotics. Treatment is started as soon as Legionnaire's disease is suspected.
How to prevent Legionnaires' disease? - People with compromised immune systems are at high risk for Legionnaires' disease. Vaccinations are being developed for use in high risk individuals.
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