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  • 08 September, 2022

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Legionnaires Disease

Legionnaires Disease

The bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease, legionella, recently produced a cluster of pneumonia cases in Tucumán, Argentina.

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About Legionellosis disease

Following an epidemic in 1976 among attendees of an American Legion convention in Philadelphia, Legionella was found.

Legionnaires' sickness.

  • A deadly form of pneumonia (lung infection) brought on by the Legionella bacterium is called Legionnaires disease.
  • Small water droplets can make people sick, as can unintentionally ingest water contaminated with Legionella into the lungs.
  • Legionellosis, also known as Legionnaires' disease and Pontiac fever, is a condition brought on by Legionella.
  • People do not typically transmit the legionnaires' disease to others.

Causes and Typical Infection Sources

  • Lakes and streams are examples of freshwater habitats where Legionella bacteria naturally occur.
  • When the bacteria multiply and proliferate in building water systems that were made by humans, such as:
  • faucets and showerheads
  • Towers for cooling
  • A hot tub
  • Water features and decorative fountains
  • heaters and hot water tanks
  • massive, intricate piping systems

Symptoms and Signs

  • Cough
  • breathing difficulty
  • Fever
  • muscle pain
  • Headaches


  • Legionnaires' disease cannot be prevented with a vaccination.
  • Antibiotics are necessary for the treatment of legionnaires' disease, and the majority of cases can be cured

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Source: The Financial Express

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