WEST AUSTRALIAN NEWS PAPER. Peta Rule. A simple day in the garden nearly killed grandfather Kieth Ingram. The 68 year old spent almost a month battling legionaires disease, a condition which caused double pneumonia, kidney failure, liver damage and septicsaemia. Mr Ingram devoloped the infection from the bacterium Legionella longbeache, which occurs naturally in soil products. Last year the strain of bacterium killed 4 West Australians and infected 58. Mr Inham said he was infected despite wearing gloves and a mask while spreading mulch, the standard advice given to gardeners to protect against the disease. " this disease does not have the profile that it deserves- this could happen to anyone" he said Not sure if it is a problem in the U.S but be careful (not sure how) this guy had safety gear.