PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The data is scary: Nearly half of water faucets sampled across the United States tested positive for the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease.
While the study was small — researchers only sampled 67 public and private water sources such as kitchen sinks and drinking fountains – it’s the first one to chart the presence of the potentially deadly bacteria in water taps.READ MORE: Philadelphia Officials Begin Clearing Homeless Encampment Near Reading Terminal Market
According to the EPA, the organization that conducted the research, 32 taps contained the bacteria, and 11 of those contained it in multiple samples.READ MORE: Two Delaware County School Districts Opening Vaccination Clinics For Students Ages 16 Or Older
Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia that causes chills, fever, headache, a cough and more. It can be deadly.MORE NEWS: Trenton Officials Making Sure People With Mobility Issues Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
The study was published on Feb. 18 in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.