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Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Legionnaires' Disease (Overview)

A type of pneumonia (lung inflammation caused by bacterial or viral infection) caused by legionella bacteria.


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What is legionnaires disease?

What is legionnaires disease?

Probably not: Legionnaires' disease is a severe form of pneumonia — lung inflammation usually caused by infection. Legionnaires' disease is caused by a bacterium known as legionella. You can't catch legionnaires' disease from person-to-person contact. Instead, most people get legionnaires' disease from inhaling the bacteria. Older adults, smokers and people with weakened immune systems are particularly suscep. ...Read more

Dr. Jon Fishburn
52 doctors shared insights

Legionnaires' Disease (Overview)

A type of pneumonia (lung inflammation caused by bacterial or viral infection) caused by legionella bacteria.


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What is legionnaires' disease?

A type of pneumonia: It is a type of pneumonia caused by a bacterium called legionella. This bacterium likes to grow in standing water such as in air conditioning units. ...Read more

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Treating Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (Checklist)

Ask your doctor for further STD testing
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Ask your partner to get tested for STDs
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Take all of your medication exactly as prescribed
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Use condoms when having intercourse to prevent STD transmission
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Is legionnaires' disease common?

Is legionnaires' disease common?

No: The bacteria that causes legionaires' disease requires a moist environment to grow. Most cases have been associated with ccontaminate air conditioning units. ...Read more

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What causes legionnaires disease?

What causes legionnaires disease?

Legionella sp.: Legionella pneumophilia is the bacteria that causes legionaires' disease. It was first recognized when it caused an epidemic of pneumonia at a pennsylvania state american legion convention in philadelphia in 1976. Thus the name. ...Read more

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Living with Sickle Cell Disease (Checklist)

Don't miss appointments with your doctor
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How do you get legionnaires disease?

Legionnaire's Dz: The bacterium Legionella Pneumophila causes most cases of Legionnaire's Disease & is spread when microscopic water drops are inhaled. ...Read more

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How is legionnaires' disease treated?

How is legionnaires' disease treated?

Antibiotics: Antibiotics used to treat legionaires' disease include erythromycin, azithromycin, tetracycline, doxycycline, levofloxacin, ciprofloxacin, Moxifloxacin and clarithromycin. If the patient is severely ill they are hospitalized and given supportive care. ...Read more

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Living with Celiac Disease (Checklist)

Schedule a visit with a dietitian
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When eating out, inform your waitstaff you are intolerant of gluten
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How is legionnaires disease transmitted?

Ihalation: The bacterium Legionella Pneumophila causes most cases of Legionnaire's Disease & is spread when microscopic water drops are inhaled. ...Read more

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What are signs of legionnaires' disease?

What are signs of legionnaires' disease?

Cough, SOB ,fever: Legionaires' disease cannot accurately be differentiated from other forms of pneumonia based on signs and symptoms. The most common symptoms of pneumonia are cough, sputum production, shortness of breath, fever, chills, and chest pain on inspiration. Muscle aches, diarrhea, confusion, low sodium and phosphorus levels and elevated liver enzymes arealso common findings in legionaires' disease. ...Read more

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Living with Crohn's Disease (Checklist)

Find a gastroenterologist and follow their treatment regiment
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Is legionnaires' disease easy to diagnose?

Is legionnaires' disease easy to diagnose?

No: Presentation includes respiratory symptoms such as cough (may not be productive) and sob, fever, chills, and chest pain. Other symptoms include headache, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or diarrhea. May also be characterized by a fever with a pulse-temperature dissociation, nonproductive cough, few pulmonary symptoms, diarrhea, hyponatremia, and elevated ast and alt. ...Read more

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How did legionnaires' disease get its name?

How did legionnaires' disease get its name?

American Legion: During the bicentennial in 1976, american legion members held a convention in philadelphia. Many of them became ill and some died from a previously unknown infectious agent. The culprit in legionaires' disease was a "new" germ, later named, in honor of the legionaires, "legionella pneumophila.". ...Read more

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How does a person get legionnaires' disease?

How does a person get legionnaires' disease?

Water supplies: This is very rare, but typically from stagnant water supplies like collecting cistern on rooftops. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of legionnaires disease?

What are the symptoms of legionnaires disease?

Pneumonia: Generally, patients have pneumonia: difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, fever, chills, weight loss. They are sometimes called "walking pneumonia" since you are sick, but not usually in a hospital. ...Read more

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How common is legionnaires' disease in the us?

How common is legionnaires' disease in the us?

3200 per year: There are somewhere in the range of 3200 cases reported each year -- but reported cases and actual cases are not necessarily the same number. Many consider this one of the top 3 causes of community acquire pneumonia. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of legionnaires disease?

What are the main symptoms of legionnaires disease?

Symptoms: Legionnaires' disease usually develops two to 14 days after exposure to legionella bacteria. It frequently begins with the following signs and symptoms: headache, muscle pain, chills, fever that may be 104 f (40 c) or higher by the second or third day, you'll develop other signs and symptoms that may include: cough, which may bring up mucus and sometimes blood, shortness of breath, +/- GI symptom. ...Read more