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.

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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...