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What are the tests for legionnaire's?

What are the tests for legionnaire's?

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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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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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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I have had legionnaire's disease and been treated with large doses of erythromycin. Is there any chance that the bacteria are still in my system, remaining a threat?

I have had legionnaire's disease and been treated with large doses of erythromycin. Is there any chance that the bacteria are still in my system, remaining a threat?

Illness: There is always a chance, but most likely not. Legionnaires is a disease that is treated with antibiotics, but if you have a strong immune system, you should develop antibodies to help protect if you were infected again. You could still get sick, but it would be much less serious. ...Read more

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Friend had legionnaires in the 80's. Has exp. Periods o fever, chills nausea every yr for 24 yrs. Cbc is normal. Last episode only 4 mo from last. Sudden onset, fever, chills-confusion. Tests neg.

Friend  had legionnaires in the 80's. Has exp. Periods o  fever, chills nausea every yr for  24 yrs. Cbc is normal. Last episode only 4 mo from last. Sudden onset, fever, chills-confusion. Tests neg.

What is the question: In order to diagnose this would not only need full set of medical records, but a full history from your friend and a physical exam. Have him seen by an infectious diseases expert. Hope this clears up soon. ...Read more

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I have a friend who has been diagnosed with legionnaires disease and is in the critical care department of a local hospital. Is this a disease that is mandated to be reported to the (u.S.) cdc? Will there be follow up on the source of the bacteria?

I have a friend who has been diagnosed with legionnaires disease and is in the critical care department of a local hospital. Is this a disease that is mandated to be reported to the (u.S.) cdc? Will there be follow up on the source of the bacteria?

Yes and yes: Legionella is nationally reportable- the lab that did the testing or the physician will report the result to the local health department, which will be responsible for further notification. Typically, if the source is not known some investigation will occur. This may involve testing water sources and other environmental risks, and investigating related cases. ...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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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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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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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