- According to the World Health Organization, males are three times more likely to acquire Legionnaires’ Disease than women. (source)
- As of now, there is no vaccine for Legionnaires’ Disease. The most common form of treatment is typically antibiotics.
- 75% of reported Legionnaires’ Disease cases are aged 50 years and older. (source)
- Legionnaires’ Disease is most likely to occur in the summer months. This is because legionella bacteria thrives in warmer water. (source)
- While Legionnaires’ Disease is typically transmitted by aerosolized water droplets, there have been numerous outbreaks of Legionnaires’ Disease that have been caused by legionella bacteria found in potting soil.
- While there is over 40 species of Legionella bacteria, and multiple strains thereof, 90% of all Legionnaires Disease cases are caused by only one species: legionella pneumophila. (source)
- It is estimated that anywhere between 5 and 10% of the American population has been exposed to legionella bacteria. (source)