- A report by the UK Government’s Health Protection Agency found that the spray from windshield wipers is a verified source of legionella exposure. The report claimed that windshield washer water could be responsible for up to 20% of all Legionnaires’ Disease cases in the UK. This same reported stated that professional drivers were five times more likely to acquire Legionnaires’ Disease than those in other lines of work. (1)
- A species of legionella was discovered in freshwater areas contaminated by the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in 1984. Seeing as most newly discovered species of legionella are named after the place in which the bacteria was discovered, this species was named Legionella sainthelensi.
- There is currently no vaccine for Legionnaires’ Disease. But antibiotics are the most common and effective treatment.
- Legionnaires’ Disease cannot be spread from person-to-person.
- Legionella infection can cause two distinct diseases. The first is Legionnaires’ Disease, which is the more severe condition. The second is Pontiac Fever, which is the milder condition. Patients with Pontiac Fever do not experience pneumonia.
Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S. Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.