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"Legionnaires’ Disease: Preventive Strategies for Healthcare Settings," a white paper by CNA and provided by Aon, offers suggestions that can help minimize the likelihood of contamination and bacterial exposure within a community.
Unlike other varieties of pneumonia in healthcare settings, Legionnaires’ disease is highly preventable.
However, each year between 8,000 and 18,000 individuals in the United States are hospitalized with Legionnaires’ disease, a serious form of pneumonia with a fatality rate of over 10%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Infection is caused by inhaling or aspirating droplets of water containing the bacteria, with symptoms typically appearing two to 14 days after exposure.
The disease cannot be passed from person to person.