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What Is Legionella?

6 June 2012

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Bethan Stones

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What is Legionella

Did you know that Envirocare can offer support with Legionella & Legionnaires Disease.

Envirocare can offer an holistic service from fully trained occupational hygienists. From taking samples through to offering practical advice on how you can control and eradicate this deadly bacteria, Envirocare can help. 

What Is Legionella?

Legionellosis is the collective name given to the pneumonia-like illness caused by legionella bacteria. This includes the most serious legionnaires’ disease, as well as the similar but less serious conditions of Pontiac fever and Lochgoilhead fever. Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia and everyone is susceptible to infection. However, some people are at higher risk, including:

  • People over 45 years of age
  • Smokers and heavy drinkers
  • People suffering from chronic respiratory or kidney disease
  • Anyone with an impaired immune system

The bacterium Legionella pneumophila and related bacteria are common in natural water sources such as rivers, lakes and reservoirs, but usually in low numbers. They may also be found in purpose-built water systems such as cooling towers, evaporative condensers and whirlpool spas.

If conditions are favourable, the bacteria may grow increasing the risks of legionnaires’ disease. Therefore, it is important to control the risks by introducing measures in which Envirocare can implement.

You can contact Envirocare on 01274 738668 or simply fill our our quick and easy Online Enquiry Form

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