Patients

About the Lives of those with Legionnaires' Disease

Legionnaires’ disease is a serious form of pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacterium, initially identified during a 1976 outbreak at an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Annually, up to 18,000 individuals in the U.S. are hospitalized due to this disease, primarily during the months of June to October. Approximately 1 in 10 people infected with Legionella may not survive, emphasizing the importance of early detection and treatment for a complete recovery.

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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.

K.D.

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.

Erica

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.


M.F.

WHY WE MUST TURN THE TIDE ON THE 96%

Listen to Gwen Hanlon

Gwen Hanlon, one of the Board of Directors for Prevent Legionnaires, tells the story of her husband Kevin Hanlon, and their experience with Legionnaires' Disease. Listen today.