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How did legionnaires' disease get its name?
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Dr. Troy Sedlmeyer
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Historical epidemic
An outbreak or epidemic of pneumonia that occurred among american legion attendees.
This was at a congress in philadelphia, pa in 1976. The bacterium was then named legionella pneumophila.

In brief: Historical epidemic
An outbreak or epidemic of pneumonia that occurred among american legion attendees.
This was at a congress in philadelphia, pa in 1976. The bacterium was then named legionella pneumophila.
Dr. Troy Sedlmeyer
Dr. Troy Sedlmeyer
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Dr. Scott Williamson
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: American Legion
During the bicentennial in 1976, american legion members held a convention in philadelphia.
Many of them became ill and some died from a previously unknown infectious agent. The culprit in legionaires' disease was a "new" germ, later named, in honor of the legionaires, "legionella pneumophila.".

In brief: American Legion
During the bicentennial in 1976, american legion members held a convention in philadelphia.
Many of them became ill and some died from a previously unknown infectious agent. The culprit in legionaires' disease was a "new" germ, later named, in honor of the legionaires, "legionella pneumophila.".
Dr. Scott Williamson
Dr. Scott Williamson
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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Interesting fact
Legionairres got its name when several members who attended an american legion convention in philadelphia in 1976 developed pneumonia.
The bacteria that caused the pneumonia was identified and named legionella.

In brief: Interesting fact
Legionairres got its name when several members who attended an american legion convention in philadelphia in 1976 developed pneumonia.
The bacteria that caused the pneumonia was identified and named legionella.
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Family Medicine
In brief: A convention
The first significant outbreak happened at a hotel where the american legion was having a conference.
A number of legionnaires were affected.

In brief: A convention
The first significant outbreak happened at a hotel where the american legion was having a conference.
A number of legionnaires were affected.
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
In brief: Additional info....
The bacteria, although identified prior to the 1976 american legion conference, was becoming a more prevalent as a disease causing bacteria.
In 1976, the outbreak was traced to the bacteria living in the air conditioning/ventilation system of the conference hall. Inhaling water mist infected with the bacteria is one means of infection.

In brief: Additional info....
The bacteria, although identified prior to the 1976 american legion conference, was becoming a more prevalent as a disease causing bacteria.
In 1976, the outbreak was traced to the bacteria living in the air conditioning/ventilation system of the conference hall. Inhaling water mist infected with the bacteria is one means of infection.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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