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Legionnaire’s Disease Still a Real Danger in Our Cities

We at the Locks Law Firm are actively investigating and prosecuting cases of personal injury for persons who have been infected with the Legionella bacterium. Legionella is a type of bacterium found naturally in freshwater environments, like lakes and streams. It can become a health concern when it grows and spreads in human-made water systems like hot tubs, hospital or other large water systems, cooling towers (used in air conditioning systems in large buildings) and public fountains or water displays. Legionella thrives best in warm water, and is spread usually through the ingestion or inhalation of droplets in which the bacterium is present.

Symptoms include fever, chills, difficulty breathing, cough, headache and shortness of breath. If untreated, full blown pneumonia will result. Those most at risk are the very young, persons with respiratory diseases (emphysema, asthma, etc.), smokers and persons with compromised immune symptoms.

Despite increased knowledge of the disease and increased vigilance on behalf of government officials and health agencies, Legionnaires disease continues to be a significant public health issue. According to the MMWR, over 1,000 cases of Legionnaires disease are reported every year in the United States. In New York City alone, over 1500 cases were reported from 2002-2011.

If you or someone you know has been recently diagnosed with Legionnaires Disease or a Legionella infection, please contact our firm for assistance.

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