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Under the right circumstances--detectable contamination of the water source, the right species of Legionella, a susceptible individual and sufficient intensity of exposure--victims of Legionnaires' disease easily can establish the basis for a valid claim, according to Russell Nassof, JD, founder of RiskNomics, a Scottsdale, Ariz.
Public Health Wales said no cases of legionnaires' disease were being investigated and added: "Usually in these cases there is unlikely to be a risk to public health and once the work is successfully completed staff and pupils should be able to attend school as normal.
Notification of Legionnaires' disease cases is mandatory in all 27 EU Member States (notification has been mandatory in the United Kingdom since 2010) and Iceland and Norway, the 2 European Economic Area (EEA) member states that form part of ELDSNet.
It is important to note that Legionnaires' disease is very rare and most people who come into contact with the bacteria that cause infection will not become ill.
It is one of the biggest outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease in England for decades.
Legionnaires' disease is contracted by breathing in small droplets of contaminated water.
This is exactly in line with what we expected and what we have predicted so far, based on the first presentation of patients and the incubation period of Legionnaires' disease which is between two and 14 days, but usually has an average of five to six days.
Legionnaires' disease is not contagious and cannot be spread directly from person to person.
Hippocration's nursery and maternity ward were temporarily closed on December 29, 2008 after confirmation that the infants had Legionnaires' disease.
Every person infected with legionnaires' disease is thoroughly investigated.
A 2009 outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Spain was traced to a milling machine used in street asphalt repaving.
The average length of stay was 4 days for patients with giardiasis, 6 days for those with cryptosporidiosis, and 10 days for those with Legionnaires' disease.