Self-management

Prevention

Outbreaks of legionnaires' disease are preventable, but prevention requires meticulous cleaning and disinfection of water systems, pools and spas.

Avoiding smoking is the single most important thing you can do to lower your risk of infection. Smoking increases the chances that you'll develop legionnaires' disease if you're exposed to legionella bacteria.

Sept. 24, 2016
References
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