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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Legionnaires disease is a rare but potentially life-threatening lung infection that you can catch by inhaling droplets of water from things like air conditioning, hot tubs and spa pools.
You can reduce the risk of Legionnaires disease by regularly flushing through or removing unused taps and shower heads, draining water bowsers and garden hoses if not in use, and using commercial screen washes in your vehicle.
The event came as New York saw its first outbreak of deadly Legionnaires disease this year in Washington Heights where eight cases have been reported from the bacteria, Legionella, which grows in warm water and causes fever, chills, muscle aches and coughs.
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)