Legionella: shower ban in Reinfeld

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Legionella: shower ban in Reinfeld apartments

Legionella bacteria were detected in the hot water system of a residential block in Reinfeld. For around 100 affected tenants, there is a ban on showering and bathing until further notice. So far, no tenant has been infected with Legionella.

Inadmissible concentration of legionella in hot water systems
After legionella was detected in the hot water system of three high-rise buildings during a legally required inspection, the health department imposed a shower and bath ban on around 100 tenants of the residential complex. The permissible concentration of the bacteria was significantly overdone, said the head of the health department of the Stormarn district, Andreas Musiol, on Wednesday. As the "Lübecker Nachrichten" reported, the tenants were unsettled. So far, however, there has been no infection with Legionella.

According to Werner Solbach, director of the Lübeck Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hygiene at the University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein, the germs are propagated in 45 to 60 degrees hot water. If contaminated water is atomized by shower heads or nebulization systems in whirlpools, Legionella can be inhaled with the water mist and cause fever and severe pneumonia. Elderly and chronically ill people as well as people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk.

Legionella can cause serious infections During a veteran meeting of the "American Legion" at the Bellevue-Standfort Hotel in Philadelphia in 1976, legionella was first detected. At that time, of the 4,400 delegates, 180 were infected with the bacteria. 29 veterans died of severe pneumonia. The health authorities realized too late that it was a plague, so that the legionnaire's disease could spread quickly. Legionella are now occurring worldwide.

The bacteria cause the so-called legionellosis. This is an infectious disease that occurs in two forms: Legionnaires' disease, the transmission of which is caused by droplet infection and causes life-threatening pneumonia, and the usually harmless course of Pontiac fever. (ag)

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