By: Laurel, Lauryn, Bayleigh, and Cole
Symptoms of the Legionnaires disease include cough, fever, chills, shortness of breath, headaches, and diarrhea. Legionnaires disease can also cause you to have muscle aches. Pontiac Fever (the mild form of the legionnaires disease), can cause fever chills, headaches, and muscle aches.
How do you get legionnaires?
The bacteria that causes the legionnaires is called the legionella bacteria. The bacteria is usually passed from one person to another through infected water sources such as pools, and faucets. The disease can also spread through dirt. You are more likely to get legionnaires if you smoke, have a weakened immune system, have a chronic lung disease, or if you are 50 years of age or older.