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Legionnaires' Disease

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by Alan R

(Legionnaires' Pneumonia)

 

Definition

Legionnaires' disease is a lung infection. It is a form of pneumonia . It got its name after it struck at the American Legionnaires Convention in 1976.
 

Risk Factors

Factors that increase your chance for Legionnaires' disease include:
  • Advanced age
  • Smoking
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Weakened immune system (as with AIDS )
  • Kidney failure
  • Diabetes
  • Taking cortisone or other immunosuppressive drugs
  • Organ transplant patients
 

RESOURCES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
http://www.cdc.gov

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
http://www.niehs.nih.gov

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Capital Health Nova Scotia
http://www.cdha.nshealth.ca

Communicable Disease Control
Manitoba Health
http://www.gov.mb.ca

 

References


Arcavi L, Benowitz NL. Cigarette smoking and infection. Arch Intern Med. 2004;164:2206-2216.


Legionellosis resource site. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/legionella/about/index.html. Updated June 1, 2011. Accessed December 31, 2012.


Legionnaires' disease. Occupational Safety & Health Administration website. Available at: http://www.osha.gov/dts/osta/otm/legionnaires/index.html. Accessed December 31, 2012.


Legionnaires' disease. Patient UK website. Available at: http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Legionnaires'-Disease.htm. Accessed December 31, 2012.


Pneumonia in adults. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated December 5, 2012. Accessed December 31, 2012.


Top 10 things every clinician needs to know about Legionellosis. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/legionella/clinicians.html. Updated June 1, 2011. Accessed December 31, 2012.

 

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