Buildings in Mendip closed by coronavirus face Legionnaires health risk

Shops and offices, hairdressers, hotels, pubs and restaurants, sports centres, gyms, residential buildings and any campsites currently shut down, will be reminded to check and maintain their systems by members of the Council's environmental health team this week.

Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia. It's a lung infection you catch by inhaling droplets of water from the likes of air conditioning units, shower heads or hot tubs. It's not a common disease, but it can be very serious.

Symptoms of Legionnaires' disease are similar to COVID-19 and include high temperature, feverishness and chills, cough, muscle pains, headache, and pneumonia. Its name originates from a deadly 1976 outbreak of the disease at an American Legion convention in Philadelphia.