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`Poorly maintained air conditioners pose serious health risks'

President DAK, Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement said that poorly maintained air conditioners are breeding grounds for deadly microbes that cause serious illnesses.
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Srinagar | Posted : Aug 13 2017 1:33AM | Updated: Aug 13 2017 1:26AM
`Poorly maintained air conditioners pose serious health risks'
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With increase in the use of air conditioners at homes, workplaces and cars due to soaring temperatures, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today said that poorly maintained air conditioners are potentially harmful and pose serious health risks.

President DAK,  Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement said that poorly maintained air conditioners are breeding grounds for deadly microbes that cause serious illnesses.

These cooling units provide safe environment for some of the dangerous bacteria like Legionella that causes Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of Pneumonia (lung infection).

People contract this infection through contaminated air and manifest with high fever, muscle aches, cough and shortness of breath.

Most of the cases in Kashmir go undetected because of lack of awareness and many might be dying undiagnosed as there is no testing facility.