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If you, a friend or family member has contracted Legionnaires' disease, we can help. Just click the Patient tab below and we'll email you the answer. The more details you give the better so please fill out all of the fields with as much detail as possible. Thank you for your question.

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NOTE: You cannot contract Legionnaires' disease from wearing face masks. Legionella bacteria is transmitted by aspirating drinking water or breathing in water droplets. Legionella  is not spread from person-to-person in respiratory droplets nor does the bacteria survive on dry surfaces. Your mask would not be a source of transmission for the Legionella  bacteria.

 

Legionnaires' disease happens when the following occurs:

Legionella is present in a water source + water from the contaminated source enters the lungs (through aerosol or aspiration) + the person exposed is susceptible to infection.

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