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Legionnaire's Disease

Legionnaire's Disease acquired it's name when a pneumonia outbreak was noticed at a convention of the American Legion in Philadelphia. The bacteria causing the disease is Legionella pneumophila. In its milder form, the disease manifests as Pontiac fever. Legionnaires' disease is a severe form of pneumonia. It is also referred to as Legionellosis. In many cases, this infection is picked up when inhaling mist from contaminated sources such as cooling towers, air conditioned systems and whirlpool baths.

Symptoms of Legionnaire's Disease include high fever, chills and cough. There is muscle ache and headache. Flu-like symptoms are noticed. Nausea and vomiting as well as shaking chills are common symptoms of Legionnaire's Disease. Dry cough also sets in. It is more commonly seen in middle-aged persons and smokers. People with lowered immune resistance or suffering from diabetes, chronic kidney disease or cancer are more at risk for developing Legionnaire's Disease.

Treatment for Legionnaire's Disease involves antibiotics such as erythromycin and rifampin. Preventive measures include appropriate maintenance and cleaning of air conditioning and water handling systems. Build-up of algae and scales must be removed.

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