The Legionnaires disease – The risks from air condition

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The high summer temperatures make the use of air conditioners inevitable

Experts however are limited use and proper upkeep, as in recent years shows the disease outbreak of Legionnaires, which directly relates to the use of air conditioners.

The Legionnaires’ disease is caused by a virus which infects the water or air conditioning systems.

The microbe is grown in water at low temperatures and in air conditioners, which for this reason require good cleaning and regular change of filters.

The disease symptoms occur within two to ten days from the attack of the individual and affected mainly people working in buildings with central air system.

The Legionnaires’ disease manifests as severe pneumonia characterized by symptoms such as:

  • severe fatigue
  • breathlessness
  • Fever

The severe form of the disease can lead to respiratory failure and in 4.3% of cases the patient may die.

According to research at the University of Stirling conditioners carrying workplace volatile organic compounds (VOC), which have a negative effect on the body.

Several thousands of chemical and synthetic substances, many of which are toxic, they are used in building materials. The constant emission fumes from electronic equipment, furniture, equipment and accessories can make these chemicals circulate throughout the building.

Some chemicals such as polybrominated difainylovenzolio (PBDE), are the plastic parts of office. The chemical is oil-soluble and remain in the body from the moment you inhale the worker through the air conditioners. It affects thyroid function and may also pass the unborn fetus.

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