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Signs and symptoms of Legionnaire’s disease

Posted on November 18, 2014 4:34 pm under Legionnaires' Disease

Legionella is a type of aerobic bacteria that can be spread through an establishment’s air conditioning system, humidifiers, and cooling towers. This type of airborne bacteria is the primary cause of Legionnaire’s disease, a serious respiratory condition that may lead to death in up to 5% to 30% of cases.

Signs and symptoms of Legionnaire’s disease may become evident two to ten days after exposure to legionella. Early manifestations of this condition may include muscle pain, headache, chills, and fever. As the disease progresses, other signs and symptoms may occur. These may include:

  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Productive cough, blood may sometimes be present
  • Nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and other gastrointestinal disorders
  • Cognitive disorders, such as confusion

Unfortunately, a Legionnaire’s outbreak can sometimes be a result of reckless or negligent actions by those who own the infrastructure where the disease has been contracted. To learn if you can file a legal claim against the party responsible for your medical condition, speak with an attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling our Madison office at (414) 271-0900 today.