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  1. According to the World Health Organization, males are three times more likely to acquire Legionnaires’ Disease than women. (source)
  2. As of now, there is no vaccine for Legionnaires’ Disease. The most common form of treatment is typically antibiotics.
  3. 75% of reported Legionnaires’ Disease cases are aged 50 years and older. (source)
  4. Legionnaires’ Disease is most likely to occur in the summer months. This is because legionella bacteria thrives in warmer water. (source)
  5. 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.
  6. 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)
  7. It is estimated that anywhere between 5 and 10% of the American population has been exposed to legionella bacteria. (source)
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