Beware of Legionellosis Symptoms Similar to Covid-19

Beware of Legionellosis Symptoms Similar to Covid-19

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At the beginning of September last year, legionellosis became an epidemic in Argentina. The symptoms of legionellosis are similar to Covid-19 and should be treated.

Gathering information from several media outlets, the Ministry of Health issued a statement on precautions against legionellosis. This action follows the outbreak of ‘legionellosis’ in Argentina.

As reported by the WHO website, the disease was initially diagnosed as pneumonia of unknown cause. However, on September 3, 2022, Legionella bacteria were discovered to cause pneumonia.

Can be infected with Legionella.Legionella spp.) from using central air conditioning systems, humidifiers, hot water and shower systems, swimming pools, drains and respirators. Bacteria infect the body and cause Legionnaires’ disease and Pontiac fever. Both have the common name legionellosis.

Pontiac fever is a flu-like illness but milder. Most of the time the disease can heal itself. Currently legionnaires can be fatal if not treated properly.

Signs

similar to Covid-19. As reported by the Mayo Institute, symptoms usually develop 2-10 days after being exposed to Legionella bacteria.

First, the symptoms that appear include:

1. Headache
2. Muscle pain
3. Temperature of 40 degrees or more

Then on the second or third day, more symptoms arise namely:

1. Cough of phlegm sometimes bleeding
2. Shortness of breath
3. Chest pain
4. Stomach symptoms like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
5. Confusion, mental health problems

Although the disease mainly affects the lungs, it can slowly cause infection in wounds and other parts of the body, including the heart.

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Because the symptoms of legionellosis are similar to Covid-19, you should be alert and take care of the air quality in the room.

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