The number of reported cases of Legionnaires’ disease increased by 500% from 2000–2017.
In general, Legionnaires’ disease is deadly for about 10% of people who get it. It is deadly for about 25% of people who get it from a healthcare facility.
CDC investigations show almost all (9 in 10) Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks were caused by problems preventable with more effective water management.
An increasing number of people in the United States are getting this disease, which is caused by breathing in small water droplets containing legionella.
Voice of the Victims
My 64-year-old father was recently diagnosed as having Legionnaires’ disease. It has turned into a nightmare both physically and financially for my parents. I truly believe that someone needs to be held responsible for what happened to my father.
My husband was in the hospital for 18 days and almost died. He is a sheet metal worker and prior to getting [sick] was working on the same jobsite for a long time. The insurance company does not want to test the jobsite we think he got it at.
This disease was the worst thing medically I have ever experienced and had I not been healthy when I got it, I would probably have died. I have not been in a spa since.
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