Yes. Pontiac fever is a variety of Legionnaire’s disease.
Pontiac fever is caused by the same bacteria that causes Legionnaire’s disease.
If you are an hotelier or if you run a business that has showers or a hot tub, do not get caught out with Pontiac fever.
This hotelier did . . .
A hotel owner in the UK was fined thousands of pounds recently for not looking after his hot tub correctly. Many of his clients ended up with a variation of Legionnaire’s disease contracted at his hotel. Fortunately it was not the fatal variety. It was Pontiac fever.
Pontiac fever is not as serious as Legionnaire’s disease but you do not want to contract this – or for your clients to contract it.
Pontiac fever is very unpleasant.
The reason they contracted Pontiac fever is that the hotelier had a hot tub which was taken out of use and was left switched on.
The water in the hot tub was not treated and the bacteria were multiplying. The stray water vapour, which contained the Legionella bacteria, caused many people to contract Pontiac fever and become ill.
Pontiac fever is not as serious as Legionnaire’s disease but YOU DO NOT WANT IT – NOR DO YOUR CLIENTS.
It could ruin your business!
Please call us for advice if you are concerned about your showers or hot tub.
We can help.
David Edwards B Sc Hons (Industrial Chemist) SMWMSoc PGCE