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Legionnaires' disease

Legionnaires' disease is a lung infection you can get from inhaling droplets of water from things like air conditioning or hot tubs. It's uncommon but it can be very serious.

You can get Legionnaires' disease if you breathe in tiny droplets of water containing bacteria that causes the infection.

It's usually caught in places like hotels, hospitals or offices where the bacteria have got into the water supply. It's less common to catch it at home.

You can get Legionnaires' disease from things like:

You cannot usually get it from:

Symptoms of Legionnaires' disease include:

You may need to go into hospital if you're diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease.

Treatment in hospital may include:

When you start to get better you might be able to take antibiotic tablets at home. Antibiotic treatment usually lasts 1 to 3 weeks.

Most people make a full recovery, but it might take a few weeks to feel back to normal.