This disease is caused by specific bacteria. The bacteria are most often found in sources of standing water. It may be found in cooling towers, HVAC systems, and air conditioners.
Legionnaires disease can be contracted by breathing water vapor from a standing water source that contains the bacteria.
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The infection is not spread from one person to another.
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