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Doctor insights on: Can Someone Get Legionnaires Disease More Than Once

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Can someone get legionnaires disease more than once?

Can someone get legionnaires disease more than once?

Yes: This is a lung infection from inhaling (not person to person contact) the legionella bacteria. Most outbreaks are from plumbing systems in poorly maintained buildings or through contaminated soil (such as gardeners). Like any bacterial infection it can recur. Risk of recurrence increases if you smoke, are older (65 years), have chronic lung disease or repeated exposure. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Legionnaires' Disease (Definition)

A type of pneumonia caused by legionella bacteria. ...Read more


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How do you get legionnaires disease?

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 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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That's an odd name for a disease. How did it get the name legionnaires' disease?

That's an odd name for a disease.  How did it get the name legionnaires' disease?

Organism name: The disease was originally called pontiac fever, named after the city in michigan where the disease was first described. However, legionella is the organism that causes the disease. ...Read more

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Can you get legionnaires disease from old moldy window airconditioner?

Can you get legionnaires disease from old moldy window airconditioner?

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

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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

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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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