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Toilet Flushing May Cause Legionnaires’ Disease

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Toilet Flushing May Cause Legionnaires’ Disease

According to a new report, Legionnaires’ disease is a serious lung infection that can spread through toilet flushing. It releases invisible plumes of polluted water into the air.

The disease can be gotten through inhaling contaminated toilet water aerosolized during flushing. This is the case of two patients in France.

Although precious studies theorized that toilet plumes could spread Legionnaires’ disease, this is the first time that genetic analysis will link patients’ infections with contaminated toilet water.

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What You should know about Legionnaires’ Disease.

It is also called Legionellosis, and severe lung disease or pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria.

The bacterium lives in watery ecosystems and becomes a health issue when it spreads in building water systems, such as hot tubs, showerheads, sink faucets, and decorative fountains.

This bacterium is not contacted via physical contact. Rather, it spreads through the mist in the air. It however can be treated with antibiotics.

Adults over 50 and people with a weakened immune system or chronic lung disease have a higher risk of contracting this disease.

The two patients in France had weakened immune systems but recovered after treatment with antibiotics. One was an eighteen-year-old who received a bone marrow transplant while the other was a fifty-one-year-old man hospitalized for Hodgkin Lymphoma.

An examination into the cause of the infections found Legionella bacteria in the room’s toilet bowl water, but neither in the room’s shower nor sink.

Genetic analysis found that the breeds of bacteria in the toilet water were identical to that affecting the patients. Another study proved that this type of contamination is rare.

Researchers discovered that disinfecting the toilet daily with bleach helps in preventing Legionella growth. Closing the lid of the toilet before flushing is also a good way of preventing it.

With a Ph.D. in environmental science, Tracey has intricate knowledge about things that have been going around in this particular domain. While working as a professor, she also contributes highly-informative science and environment news for USA Reformer.

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