legionnaire's disease


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legionnaire's disease

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legionnaires' disease

n
(Pathology) a serious, sometimes fatal, infection, caused by the bacterium Legionella pneumophila, which has symptoms similar to those of pneumonia: believed to be spread by inhalation of contaminated water vapour from showers and air-conditioning plants
[C20: after the outbreak at a meeting of the American Legion at Philadelphia in 1976]
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legionnaire's disease

legionnaires' disease nmorbo or malattia del legionario, legionellosi f inv
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A source said: "They've reassured us everything is being sorted now but it was pretty hairy to hear that we might have been inhaling this stuff." Flu-like Legionnaire's disease is usually caught by breathing in small droplets of contaminated water.
Professor Nick Phin, head of Legionnaire's disease surveillance at the HPA, said: "People over the age of 50 with underlying health conditions who develop 'flu like' symptoms or shortness of breath should seek medical attention in such circumstances generally but particularly if they have recently returned from an overseas holiday.
Five Legionnaire's Disease cases were recorded on Teesside in 2008, one in 2009 and six in 2010.
The symptoms of legionnaire's disease are similar to the symptoms of the flu.
Legionnaire's disease is contracted by breathing in contaminated water droplets.
A patient was diagnosed with Legionnaire's disease, a rare form of pneumonia, during routine tests after being transferred to the centre, a specialist heart and chest hospital, last week.
It led to the worst outbreak of legionnaire's disease in Britain, killing six women and one man and infecting nearly 200 other people, Preston Crown Court heard.
There was no testing for legionnaire's disease, like at most hospitals in the country.
When the bacteria are in the water in quantities that can cause infection the danger of catching Legionnaire's disease comes from breathing in water vapour and not from drinking the water.
For more than a decade, peer-reviewed research has shown that the LiquiTech[TM] Legionella Control System from LiquiTech, Inc., is an effective method for con trolling Legionella, the causative agent of Legionnaire's disease.
Drexler reflects on outbreaks of swine flu, legionnaire's disease, and AIDS that took people by surprise in the past few decades.