How To Protect Tap Water From Legionalla Bacteria


| 2/20/2017 9:33:00 AM


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For most, there’s nothing easier than turning on the tap when you need a drink of water. This daily act comes with a word of caution for some locations: New research shows that a glass of warm or room-temperature tap water could harbor harmful the legionella bacteria.

What’s hiding in our pipes, and how can you protect yourself?

Legionnaires’ Disease from the Water Supply

Legionnaires’ disease is a dangerous form of pneumonia caused by the legionella bacteria. Historically, most cases of Legionnaires’ were spread by the infected patient inhaling the bacteria, but new cases have been cropping up that pinpoint warm water from a kitchen or bathroom tap as the source of infection.

The disease can be treated with prompt application of antibiotics, and is usually only fatal to individuals who have underlying health issues.



The first reported case of patients becoming infected due to legionella bacteria in the water supply was in Philadelphia in 1976, where more than 221 people were infected, including 115 hospitalizations and 34 deaths. At the time, officials were afraid that something more contagious, such as swine flu, was the culprit, but that was later disproven.



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