So far this year, 13 people in Kansas have contracted Legionnaires’ disease, and three have died, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Also, an outbreak of the disease in New York City has killed at least seven people and infected 86 others.
But despite the current outbreaks, most people aren't at any increased risk of getting Legionnaires'. The disease is not communicable between people, and only those with weakened immune systems or other health impairments tend to fall ill. In addition, most people who do get Legionnaires' can be treated with antibiotics.
Dr. Lee Norman, chief medical officer at The University of Kansas Hospital, talks about what Legionnaire’s disease is, the symptoms, how it’s spread, the treatment, and who’s at risk of contracting it.