Legionnaires' Disease

Legionnaires disease cases

Did You Suffer From This Pneumonia-Like Disease and Need a Lawyer?

Did you suffer from Legionnaires' disease? Did someone you care about die from being in contact with Legionella bacteria?

If so, contact Edgar Snyder & Associates right away. You may have a case, but you must act quickly. Because of the nature of the illness, it's crucial to preserve evidence and find out who's responsible.

Outbreak at Pittsburgh VA Hospital Hospitalizes 5, Kills 1

November 30, 2012 -- Five people contracted Legionnaires' disease at the Pittsburgh VA hospital located in Oakland. Health officials reported one victim, the patient most recently diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease, died due to the pneumonia-like infection. The Allegheny County Health Department found that the outbreak was a result of the hospital's water system.

2011 Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak Confirmed at Turtle Creek Retirement Home

September 15, 2011 -- Ten people were sickened with Legionnaires' disease at two Turtle Creek retirement homes. The Allegheny County Health Department investigated the domestic water supply that provides water to LGAR Health & Rehabilitation Center and Hamilton Hills Personal Care Home, which may have been contaminated with the Legionella bacteria. Two- to three-dozen cases are reported annually in Allegheny County.

What is Legionnaires' Disease?

Legionnaires' disease is caused by Legionella bacteria, which can be commonly found in water. It grows best in hot water tanks, hot tubs, etc.

People come in contact with the bacteria when they breathe in mist or vapor that has been contaminated. It is not contagious and is not spread from one person to another.

Anywhere from 8,000 to 18,000 people are hospitalized with Legionnaires' disease every year in the U.S. Up to 30 percent die, and the elderly are especially at risk for serious medical complications.

What are the Symptoms of Legionnaires' Disease?

Symptoms of Legionnaires' disease are similar to many forms of pneumonia and the flu, which makes it hard to diagnose. They include:

  • High fever
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Muscle aches
  • Headaches

Symptoms usually begin 2 to 14 days after coming in contact with the bacteria. A chest X-ray can find the pneumonia caused by the disease, and tests on sputum (phlegm) or blood can confirm the presence of the bacteria.

Common Places Where Legionella Bacteria Can be Found

Legionella bacteria can be found at public spots that are associated with water, such as:

  • Hotel pools
  • Spas
  • Hot tubs
  • Cooling towers
  • Hot water tanks
  • Large plumbing systems – like in hospitals
  • Air conditioning systems of large buildings
  • Cruise ships
  • Water used for drinking and bathing