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US insurers eye Legionnaires' disease safeguards as buildings reopen

Insurers are on the hook for damages if outbreaks occur in buildings they cover

The pandemic-induced shutdown has led to an unprecedented amount of stagnant water in dormant buildings, which then become potential breeding grounds for bacteria that cause Legionnaires'.


COMMERCIAL insurers are scrutinising building managers' efforts to avoid outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease as they reopen movie theatres, gyms, schools and offices that had been closed for months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Legionnaires' disease is a severe,...

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