Scotland gardeners are being urged to take extra precautions to avoid the likelihood of contracting Legionnaires disease, according to reports by the Daily Mail, and the BBC. Over the last five years, six people in Scotland have become infected, including one death. Experts have advised gardeners to wear gloves and masks when handling compost, and to wash their hands frequently. A rare strain of the bacteria, legionella longbeachae, has been the cause of the recent illnesses. Generally, Legionnaires disease is caused by legionella pneumonophila, which is implicated in 98% of cases. While the risk is far from severe, experts still believe that gardeners in Scotland should take steps to reduce their risk, especially when dealing with compost.
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