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Legionnaires’ Disease, Is There a Claim? - Kirsty Clifton, Ascot Lawyers

12/08/13. Headache, muscle pain, high fever, chest pain, a persistent cough, breathing difficulties, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting.... this may sound like a nasty bout of the flu, however these same symptoms could also arise from contraction of Legionnaire’s Disease.

Legionnaires’ disease is so named after 182 delegates fell ill with pneumonia at an American Legion convention in Philadelphia in July 1976, of which 28 people died. The cause of the outbreak was identified a couple of years later as being a previously unknown strain of bacteria which was subsequently named ‘Legionella’ and the particular strain which caused the outbreak was named Legionella pneumophila

Legionnaires’ disease returned to the public spotlight in 2012 due to...

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