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What is Legionnaires’ disease? Describe this strain of bacterial pneumonia and its possible origins in human infection.

What is Legionnaires’ disease? Describe this strain of bacterial pneumonia and its possible origins in human infection.

Legionnaire'sDisease: is a severe form of pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacteria, usually contracted through contaminated ventilation systems. It can be quite deadly if not recognized and treated. For more info: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/legionnaires-disease/basics/definition/CON-20028867 Hope this helps!! ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Is it likely that my infection with legionnaires' disease will cause a premature birth?

Is it likely that my infection with legionnaires' disease will cause a premature birth?

See below: According to our infectious disease consultants, the literature on legionnaires disease does not mention a link with premature birth. However, any maternal inflammation or fever increases the risk for preterm labor. Please talk to your ob/gyn 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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Is it likely that my infection with legionnaires' disease will cause a stillbirth?

Is it likely that my infection with legionnaires' disease will cause a stillbirth?

No: Although legionnaires' can have long-term effects, particularly on the elderly or the chronically ill, these effects are typically fatigue or neurologic symptoms. In the immunosuppressed (hiv patients, those on certain medications, or the severely ill), the bacterium has been known to spread to several organs only on very rare occasions, and no involvement of the uterus has been reported. ...Read more

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Can bacterial infection cause gallbladder disease?

Gallstones: Gallstones are formed in the gallbladder and may not cause symptoms . Gallstones in the gallbladder are associated with bacteria in the bile and if the bile in the gallbladder gets infected it causes cholecystitis which makes you very unwell and requires surgery to remove the gallbladder. ...Read more

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What disease is characterized by frequent bacterial infections?

What disease is characterized by frequent bacterial infections?

Immune defect.: Impairment in the immune system is usually associated with recurrent infections particularly in the sinus and lung. There are many types of immune defects but a discussion would fill a textbook. ...Read more

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Help please! is bacterial infection like staphylococcus a sexually transmitted disease?

No: Even though an infection could be transmitted during the act of sex does not mean that it falls into the category of sexually transmitted diseases. ...Read more

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Do I have some type of disease or bacterial infection if it's odorous down there?

Do I have some type of disease or bacterial infection if it's odorous down there?

No : Trichomonas and bacterial vaginosis give you a fishy odor. All you need is a cream or antibiotic, then a vinegar douch, folloed by acidophillus in a probiotic pill like provela, or yogurt like activia or danactive. ...Read more

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How does pneumovax, a vaccine against a bacterial infection, reduce deaths from influenza which is a viral disease?

How does pneumovax, a vaccine against a bacterial infection, reduce deaths from influenza which is a viral disease?

Pneumonia prevention: An important cause of death from influenza is often related to pneumonia, a common complication of influenza. Pneumonia following influenza is often caused by pneumococcus. Pneumovax provides protection against an invasive peumococcal infections including pneumonia. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bacterial Infections (Definition)

Bacteria are tiny organisms that can only be seen with a microscope. When certain bacteria enter the body, they can cause infections that must ...Read more


Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more