Name of Local Public
Health team DATE
Legionella Infections in
Legionnaires' disease has been diagnosed in a number
of patients in LOCATION.
writing to you because there is a chance that you/a member of your
family may have been infected with this disease. Should you experience symptoms, you
should seek medical attention promptly, so that you can receive appropriate and effective
Legionnaire's disease is an uncommon form of
pneumonia caused by a type of bacterium that is found in the environment. It causes disease
when it is spread through the air as a spray or vapour from a water source and droplets are
inhaled. It cannot be spread from one person to another.
symptoms of Legionnaires' disease include a 'flu-like' illness with muscle aches, tiredness,
headaches, dry cough and fever, leading on to pneumonia. Sometimes diarrhoea occurs and
patients may suffer from confusion. It can be treated with antibiotics. You should seek
medical attention if you have experienced the symptoms outlined in the past couple of
between infection and symptoms developing (the incubation period) ranges from 2 to 19 days. In
rare cases some people may develop symptoms as late as three weeks after
experience the symptoms outlined above please contact your doctor and take a copy of this
letter with you.
Legionnaires' disease is pneumonia, caused by
the bacterium Legionella pneumophila. The majority of cases are reported as single
(isolated) cases but outbreaks can occur. Some 5000 cases are reported annually across the EU
and EEA/EFTA countries. All ages can be affected, but it mainly affects people over 50 years of
age, and generally men more than women and more often, smokers.
cannot be passed from person to person. Outbreaks may have a source of infection in common but
most cases are 'sporadic' i.e. with no links to a common source or strain of the
Legionella bacteria are widely
distributed in the environment. Systems linked to outbreaks have included: cooling towers;
evaporative condensers; hot and cold water systems; spa pools; humidifiers in food display
cabinets; effluent treatment plants; air scrubbers.
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