Monday 14 June 2010

Your car can give you Legionnaires disease – what do you think?


Contaminated windscreen wiper water may be the cause of 20% of cases of Legionnaires’ Disease in England and Wales, the Health Protection Agency says.

Stagnant, warm water – like that found in most wiper fluid containers – is a breeding ground for the Legionella bacterium, which when inhaled causes pneumonia.

We sent our reporters out onto the streets to find out what you thought about this newly discovered potential killer lurking quietly inside your car.


Woman on the Street “This is obviously made up, I mean, who ever heard of anything so ridiculous as ‘windscreen wash’ – Ha!”

Jane Downing, Driver


Man on the Street “I’ve been telling my doctors for months that my car was trying to kill me – and they said I was being ridiculous, and yet they had this proof all along?!”

Simon Walters, Day Patient


Man on the Street “I’m not worried about Legionella.  If I’m going to catch anything from my car it’ll probably be from the five or six pieces of road-kill I’ve been storing in the boot.”

Shane Bowls, Taxi Driver


Man on the Street “Look, we’ve all got to go sometime.  And if you’re gonna go, the least you can hope for is that you succumb to a really cool sounding debilitating disease.

Trevor Tombs, Magician


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