Legionnaires' disease

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Le·gion·naires' disease

An acute, sometimes fatal respiratory disease caused by a bacterium of the genus Legionella, especially L. pneumophila, and characterized by severe pneumonia, headache, and a dry cough.

[So called because it was first recognized when an outbreak occurred during an American Legion Convention in Philadelphia in 1976.]

legionnaires'′ disease`

a form of pneumonia caused by bacteria of the genus Legionella, esp. L. pneumophila, typically acquired by inhaling airborne droplets from a contaminated water supply.
[so called from its first reported occurrence, at an American Legion convention in Philadelphia in 1976]

Legionnaires' disease

A pneumonia-like infection caught through the inhalation of airborne droplets in a watery atmosphere.
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Noun1.Legionnaires' disease - acute (sometimes fatal) lobar pneumonia caused by bacteria of a kind first recognized after an outbreak of the disease at an American Legion convention in Philadelphia in 1976; characterized by fever and muscle and chest pain and headache and chills and a dry cough
lobar pneumonia - pneumonia affecting one or more lobes of the lung; commonly due to streptococcal infection

legionnaíres' disease

n. enfermedad de los legionarios, enfermedad infecciosa grave, a veces letal, que se caracteriza por pulmonía, tos seca, dolor muscular y a veces síntomas gastrointestinales.
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At the time of the outbreak Cyprus was the only European Union member which was not a member of its working group for Legionella Infections (EWGLI) and was not a signatory to the European guidelines for responding to cases of travel-related Legionnaires' disease in participating countries.
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Legionnaires' disease is caused by the inhalation of aerosolized water contaminated with Legionella bacteria, which can be spread through ventilation systems, plumbing systems, medical devices that create aerosols, and decorative fountains.
AN urgent investigation is under way after a hospital patient was diagnosed with killer Legionnaires' disease.
A 90-year-old Indiana woman has died from Legionnaires' disease after swimming in an Illinois hotel pool.
5m in voluntary compensation to families affected by Legionnaires' Disease near its facility in Sarpsborg in Norway.
In 1977, it was discovered that Legionnaires' disease (LD), a respiratory illness, was caused by a new family of bacteria.
Janet Stout, director of the special pathogens lab at the VA Medical Center in Pittsburgh, and her team recently tested the homes of 21 people with legionnaires' disease.