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Doctor insights on: Disease Legionnaire

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How did legionnaire's disease get its name?

Outbreak: There was an outbreak at the american legion convention at the bellevue-stratford hotel in philadelphia in 1976. (don't you have google?). ...Read more

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What are the tests for legionnaire's disease?

What are the tests for legionnaire's disease?

Legionnaires Tests: To help identify the presence of legionella bacteria quickly, your doctor may use a test that checks your urine for legionella antigens — you may also have one or more of the following:
blood tests
a chest x-ray
sputum samples
lung tissue samples
or a a ct scan of your brain or a spinal tap (lumbar puncture) if you have neurological symptoms such as confusion or trouble concentrati. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of legionnaire's disease?

What are the symptoms of legionnaire's disease?

Please see below.: Symptoms of legionnaire's disease can include fever greater than 102 º f, chills, cough - dry or productive (rarely bloody), chest pain, neurologic symptoms, headache, lethargy, mental status changes (the most common neurologic symptom), GI symptoms (including watery diarrhea), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain), achy muscles, . ...Read more

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My brother has developed legionnaire's disease. What is it exactly?

My brother has developed legionnaire's disease. What is it exactly?

Bacteria: The bacteria is named after an outbreak found at american leigon convention. It is fairly common and causes pneumionia and requires treatment for recovery. ...Read more

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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

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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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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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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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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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Saw a show on tv and they mentioned something called legionnaire's disease. What is that?

Saw a show on tv and they mentioned something called legionnaire's disease. What is that?

Pneumonia: Specifically caused by a bug called legionella. Caused a big scare in the late 70s early 80s when people at legionaire's convention got sick (some died: http://tinyurl. Com/5j7voq). It was feared that this was a very virulent bug, and while it can make you quite sick, most who die from it have serious underlying illness (emphysema, or heart failure) and antibiotics usually work. ...Read more

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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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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 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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Is legionnaires' disease spread from person to person?

No: People can get it from the same exposure - conference rooms with contaminated a/c, baths and jacuzzis etc. It is not spread from person to person. ...Read more

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Is legionnaires' disease contagious?

Is legionnaires' disease contagious?

No: If you refer from person-to-person- no.

It is spread by aerosolized water that harbor the organism. Examples include air-conditioning vents, misters in the vegetable aisles, ornamental water features in hospital lobbies, and humidifiers with stagnant water. ...Read more

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My father has developed legionnaires' disease. What is it exactly?

My father has developed legionnaires' disease. What is it exactly?

Bacterial infection: Legionnaires disease is a bacterial infection, usually of the lungs. The organism in present in water and may be inhaled through an aerosol, such as in a shower. ...Read more

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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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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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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

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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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Should a person with legionnaires disease be isolated?

No: The cdc says legionnaire's is not transmitted person-to-person, and my experience with the pathology of the disease and my knowledge of the nature of outbreaks makes me believe that this is true. ...Read more

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