Legionellosis (Legionella, Legionnaires Disease)
Legionella are bacteria found in natural water environments and can grow in human-made water systems, such as plumbing, cooling towers, hot tubs, showers and decorative fountains. Breathing in small droplets or vapour of contaminated water can cause mild infection (Pontiac fever) with flu-like symptoms or pneumonia (Legionnaires’ disease). The elderly and immunocompromised people are at greater risk of illness.
PHO Grand Rounds: Listeriosis in Ontario
This presentation provides a summary of listeriosis in Ontario from 2008 to the present. We focus on behavioral risk factors that have been identified among cases over this time period. We also highlight a recent Health Canada study which examines consumer behavior, knowledge and attitudes regarding listeriosis.