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Legionnaires Disease Bacterial Infections
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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