Over the course of this blog, many subjects have been covered however perhaps as a reminder and as a step back, it is prudent to review exactly how individuals contract Legionnaires’ disease. As mentioned before, Legionnaires’ disease is often contracted by breathing in aerosolized water (and in some cases, soil) that has Legionella bacteria. As such, Legionnaires’ disease cannot be given from one individual to another. The Legionella bacteria grows the best in warm temperatures so can often thrive in locations like cooling towers, evaporative condensers, and hot water tanks.
The Legionella pneumophila causes around 90% of all Legionnaires’ disease cases and can survive within aquatic systems like those listed above however also within humidifiers, showers, ice-making machines, nebulizers, fountains, whirlpool spas, room-air humidifiers, windshield washers, and even misting systems.
Perhaps to put it simply, Legionella bacteria can often thrive in locations where there is stagnant, warm water. This Legionella bacteria can become a major problem when it becomes aerosolized, thus allowing individuals to potentially inhale it and ultimately contract Legionnaires disease. While this description is certainly not exhaustive on the subject, this post does simply seek to provide an introduction to the subject.
Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S. Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.