Legionnaires 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.
The bacteria enters the body through the lungs. It is inhaled in water vapor from a contaminated water source. The infection does not pass from person to person.
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