Everything You Need to Know About Legionnaire's Disease

  • Topic Info:The recent outbreak of Legionnaire's Disease in NYC has left 10 people dead, and at least 100 people have been infected.

    This outbreak has some health officials panicked about the further spread of the disease.

    Legionnaire's Disease is a type of severe form pneumonia caused by the bacteria legionella, which is found in warm water sources such as hot tubs, cooling towers, hot water tanks, large plumbing systems, and decorative fountains.

    Even though most people who are exposed to the bacteria don't become sick, if you're a current or former smoker, have a weak immune system, or have COPD, you have an increased risk of falling ill.

    What are the symptoms?

    Symptoms usually develop 2-10 days after exposure to the bacteria. You might experience muscle pain, chills, fever, headache, cough, chest pain, nausea, diarrhea, and confusion.

    What else do you need to know about Legionnaires' disease?

    Amesh Adalja, MD, joins Dr. Leigh to discuss everything you need to know about Legionnaires' disease, including symptoms, treatment and prevention methods.
  • Host: Leigh Vinocur, MD