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What can I do to make my home less conducive to legionella contamination?

What can I do to make my home less conducive to legionella contamination?

Legionella: Legionella likes moist areas like the condensers of dehumidifiers & air conditioners (& possible older refrigerators); so keep that equipment dry (and possibly sterilized with bleach solution or lysol). If someone with legionella is/was in the home, wash linens in hot bleach water if possible; sterilize objects touched by the pt with lysol; if pt is coughing, have pt wear mask when around others. ...Read more

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Legionella (Definition)

Legionella is a bacterium that is normally associated with water - air conditioning towers, fountains, hot tubs. This bacteria is associated with legionnaire's disease as well as ...Read more


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My oncologist thinks I have an abscess.He did a blood culture so i will get results.Big painful lump still there.Is it inflammatory breast cancer?

My oncologist thinks I have an abscess.He did a blood culture so i will get results.Big painful lump still there.Is it inflammatory breast cancer?

Lump: Big painful lump is not classic for inflammatory breast cancer (ibc). Ibc does typically cause redness, warmth, and swelling but typically without a lump. This doesn't mean it's definitely not cancer, but you are doing the right thing in having it examined/cultured. Best of luck to you. ...Read more

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What are normal results for legionella species antibody?

What are normal results for legionella species antibody?

Legionella: Normal if never exposed is negative. If you've had legionellosis you can have persistent positive titters. Rising titters suggest recent or ongoing infection. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: legionella?

Bacteria: Legionella is a bacterium that is normally associated with water - air conditioning towers, fountains, hot tubs. This bacteria is associated with legionnaire's disease as well as the milder pontiac fever. ...Read more

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Is legionella eukaryotic or prokaryotic?

Is  legionella eukaryotic or prokaryotic?

Prokaryotic: Legionella is a bacterium without a nucleus and is therefore a prokaryote. ...Read more

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Can campylobacter be linked to legionella?

Can campylobacter be linked to legionella?

No: Campylobacter and legionella are 2 different bacteria. Campylobacter causes food-borne illness from contaminated, undercooked or raw poultry. It causes diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. Legionella is a bacteria that can cause pneumonia and flu-like illness. It is usually contracted from contaminated water sources, such as pools and cooling systems. ...Read more

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What's legionella pneumophila?

Legionnaires disease: 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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What is the size of legionella organisms?

Size: 0.3 - 0.9 micron in width and 2 - 20 micron in length. ...Read more

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Are legionella bacteria and giardia connected?

Are legionella bacteria and giardia connected?

Completely different: Legionella can live within waterborne amoeba-like organisms, although not aware that it will live within giardia. Giardia lamblia is a flagellated amoeba-like organism that lives in fresh water as well. Both of these can produce human disease, but the diseases are very different and unrelated. ...Read more

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Could i get gallbladder adhesions from legionella?

Could i get gallbladder adhesions from legionella?

Doubtful: Legionella doesn't cause gallbladder problems to my knowledge. It usually affects the lungs. ...Read more

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Could someone get gallbladder adhesions from legionella?

Never heard of that: I suppose that anything is possible, but I have never heard of Legionella infection being the cause of gallbladder adhesions. Inflammatory disease involving the gallbladder is more likely to be due to prior episodes of cholecystitis. ...Read more

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What are the acute and chronic diseases associated with legionella?

Pneumonia: Legionella is a relatively common cause of community-acquired and hospital acquired pneumonias. Legionnaire's disease is a syndrome of pneumonia caused by legionella species. One acute, febrile, self-limited infection caused by legionella is pontiac fever. I am unaware of any chronic infections involving legionella species. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What can I do to make my home less conducive to legionella contamination?

Legionella: Legionella likes moist areas like the condensers of dehumidifiers & air conditioners (& possible older refrigerators); so keep that equipment dry (and possibly sterilized with bleach solution or lysol). If someone with legionella is/was in the home, wash linens in hot bleach water if possible; sterilize objects touched by the pt with lysol; if pt is coughing, have pt wear mask when around others. ...Read more

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What is legionella pneumonia disease?

Pneumonia: Pneumonia cause by the germ legionella. It is not all that different from any other pneumonia, although it can be very severe and can be associated with GI symptoms, and at times neurologic symptoms more often than other pneumonias. It is treated with antibiotics and support much like other pneumonias. ...Read more

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How does legionella bacteria reproduce itself?

Intracellular: Legionella bacteria reproduces inside your cells after it has infected them. When enough bacteria have been produced, they burst out of the cell to infect other cells and kill the original cell they were in. ...Read more

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How is the testing done for legionella pneumophila?

Urine test: There is a very accurate and rapid urine test to detect infection with legionella. The organism can also be cultured from sputum though this is more difficult. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of legionella pneumonia disease?

What are the symptoms of legionella pneumonia disease?

Fever and cough: Like all pneumonias the initial symptoms are cough, high fever and malaise. There may or may not be sputum formation early. ...Read more

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What are normal results for legionella species antibody?

Legionella: Normal if never exposed is negative. If you've had legionellosis you can have persistent positive titters. Rising titters suggest recent or ongoing infection. ...Read more