WHAT IS LEGIONNAIRES' DISEASE?
Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia and everyone is susceptible to infection. The risk increases with age but some people may have a higher risk this includes people who are already suffering from kidney disease, respiratory problems, heavy drinkers or smokers and lung or heart disease. Early symptoms include muscle aches, tiredness, headaches, dry cough and fever. Sometimes diarrhoea occurs and confusion may develop. Legionnaires’ disease can cause long-term health problems. Legionnaires’ disease is diagnosed by a combination of tests. Tests may be done on your sputum (phlegm) or you may be asked to provide a urine sample, which checks for Legionella antigens (substances that cause your immune system to respond to the infection). You may also have a blood test to measure the number of antibodies in your blood.
Legionnaires’ disease is caused by Legionella bacteria infecting your lungs. It's normally caught by breathing in small droplets of contaminated water. The infection isn't contagious and can't be spread directly from person to person.
Legionella bacteria are usually found in sources of water, such as ponds, rivers and lakes. However, the bacteria can rapidly multiply if they find their way into artificial water supply systems, such as air conditioning systems.
The two things that Legionella bacteria need to grow and reproduce are:
Although rare, Legionnaires' disease has also come from contaminated showers, sprinkler systems and spas.
What Landlords need to know
The new legislation states that landlords must have a competent person undertake a risk assessment and identify if there are areas in which water could lie for long periods of time. Glasgow boiler repairs can now offer Legionella risk assessments and we also do a special offer if you require Landlord Gas safety certificate and Legionella risk assessment together if you require some more information on this please contact us today and one of our advisors will be happy to answer any questions you may have.