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That's an odd name for a disease. How did it get the name legionnaires' disease?
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In brief: Organism name
The disease was originally called pontiac fever, named after the city in michigan where the disease was first described.
However, legionella is the organism that causes the disease.

In brief: Organism name
The disease was originally called pontiac fever, named after the city in michigan where the disease was first described.
However, legionella is the organism that causes the disease.
Dr. Lester Thompson
Dr. Lester Thompson
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Dr. Michael Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
In brief: Legion convention
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.

In brief: Legion convention
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.
Dr. Michael Ein
Dr. Michael Ein
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