legionnaires disease

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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]
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Brenda Fitzgerald about the Illinois Veterans Home (IVH) Quincy and the continued outbreaks of Legionnaires disease, which have taken the lives of 13 veterans and residents over the past three years.
NEW YORK, Aug 4 (KUNA) -- Death toll rose to seven people from the Legionnaires disease since its outbreak in the city, Health officials announced.
Summary: A hospital patient in his 50s has died in an outbreak of Legionnaires disease with the number of confirmed and suspected cases rising.
There are now 21 confirmed cases of Legionnaires disease in Edinburgh (Reuters)
LEGIONNAIRES disease could be transmitted from a car's windscreen wash, a study revealed today.
Wrexham widow Harriet Jones, 85, died of legionnaires disease spread by a humidifier in her home in January 2007.
OFFICIALS at a Midland hospital where a man died of Legionnaires disease today assured patients and visitors they were not at risk.
Environmental health staff regularly carry out routine inspections in homes, offices and sports centres to help advise businesses about the risks of Legionnaires disease.
This report describes the preliminary findings of an ongoing investigation by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and CDC of a recent outbreak of Legionnaires disease in Virginia, which implicated a whirlpool spa display at a retail store as the source of infection.