Legionella

Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia which affects the lungs.

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The risk of infection increases with age but some people are at higher risk including:

  • People over 45 years of age
  • Smokers and heavy drinkers
  • People suffering from chronic respiratory or kidney disease, diabetes, lung or heart disease
  • Anyone with an impaired immune system.

Ensuring your safety

Owners and managers of private rented property have a legal duty of care to ensure that their tenants and visitors can use the property safely.
The Health & Safety Executive is the government body responsible for water hygiene and Legionnaires’ disease. Further advice and information can be viewed on their website. www.hse.gov.uk/legionnaires