A bacteria found in showerheads can cause 'potentially fatal' pneumonia – are you at risk?

According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in every 10 people who contract the disease dies due to complications from their illness.

“For those who get Legionnaires’ disease during a stay in a healthcare facility, about one of every four will die,” adds the CDC.

Pontiac fever, on the other hand, which is also caused by legionella bacteria, can cause fever, headaches, and muscle aches.

The government’s website states: “If untreated, the infection may become more severe within the first week, and infected people may experience further symptoms such as coughing up green phlegm and becoming short of breath.”

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