Legionnaires’ disease

John V. Lee, Gordon Nichols

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Legionnaires’ disease was first recognized following an outbreak of disease among a convention of US army veterans being held in a hotel in Philadelphia in July 1976. Out of 4400 people, 76 were affected, of whom 29 died. The outbreak of pneumonia took 6 months to pin down to a specific organism using animal inoculation and the eventual demonstration of a novel bacterium,1 eventually termed Legionella pneumophila. Legionnaires’ disease is an important community-acquired pneumonia.2,3 The organisms responsible are derived from water environments that are mostly manmade, but the organism is transmitted through the air as aerosols.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Medicine
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781444128444
ISBN (Print)9780340946565
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


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