Tag: legionnaires disease
Every year, millions of Americans are hit by cold, flu, and other respiratory infections. While the common cold will rarely cause serious complications, the flu and other infections—such as Legionnaire’s, pneumococcus, and mycoplasma—can lead to severe and potentially life-threatening complications, especially in the young, the elderly, and the chronically sick.
Bacteria are one-cell organisms that are everywhere. Literally. Most bacteria are harmless, and many are beneficial. We need “good” bacteria to digest our food and help arm our immune system. And “good” bacteria destroy “bad” bacteria that may ultimately cause a bacterial infection.
A bacterial infection can be serious, especially if
“Disneyland shuts down cooling towers over Legionnaires’ cases” was the headline on Nov. 12, 2017, at CNN’s website—a news story that quickly hit all the major media outlets. To date, 12 people in the Anaheim, Calif., area were confirmed to have contracted Legionnaires’ disease, a serious and potentially lethal pneumonia.
Here’s new warning our drinking water can harm — in some cases, even kill. It comes from What’s On Tap?, a report from the National Association of People With AIDS (NAPWA). The report surveyed the nation’s