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What is Legionnaires' disease and what are the symptoms?


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2007-10-11 13:57:06
2007-10-11 13:57:06

Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia caused by bacteria. You usually get it by breathing in mist from water that contains the bacteria. The mist may come from hot tubs, showers or air-conditioning units for large buildings. The bacteria don't spread from person to person. Symptoms of Legionnaires' disease include fever, chills, a cough and sometimes muscle aches and headaches. Other types of pneumonia have similar symptoms. You will probably need a chest x-ray to diagnose the pneumonia. Lab tests can detect the specific bacteria that cause Legionnaires' disease. The bacteria are more likely to make you sick if you * Are older than 65 * Smoke * Have a lung disease * Have a weak immune system * Legionnaires' disease is serious and can be life-threatening. However, most people recover with antibiotic treatment.

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The name Legionnaires' Disease (legionellosis) comes from its outbreak during a 1976 Legionnaires' convention in Philadelphia, PA USA.

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The CDC discovered the cause of Legionnaires disease in 1979. This does not mean that this was a new disease. The CDC believes that previous unsloved cases on pneumonia can now be related back to Legionnaires disease.

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Approximately 10,000-40,000 people in the United States develop Legionnaires' disease annually.


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