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Symptoms of the killer.

The first symptoms of Legionnaires' Disease include headaches, muscular and abdominal pains, diarrhoea and a cough.

Over the following days pneumonia develops, resulting in fever, chills, drowsiness and sometimes delirium.

Victims will also have difficulty breathing and may develop mental problems, such as hallucination and loss of memory.

The disease has a mortality rate as high as 30% among elderly people and generally is about 10% to 15%.

It breeds in warm, moist conditions. In most outbreaks the source has been water or air-conditioning systems. Those most at risk include middle-aged people, smokers and anyone with health problems.

People suffering cancer or kidney disease are among those less able to fight infections.

Antibiotic drugs are used to treat it and recovery can take several weeks.

The disease takes its name from the first known outbreak at a hotel in the US, which was hosting a convention of the American Legion.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 4, 2004
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