Legionnaire disease

Legionella pneumonia; Pontiac fever; Legionellosis; Legionella pneumophila

Legionnaire disease is an infection of the lungs and airways. It is caused by Legionella bacteria.

Legionnaire disease - organism legionella

Legionnaire disease was first described in 1976 after an outbreak of fatal pneumonia at a Legionnaires convention. The newly described organism which caused the disease was named Legionella pneumophila, shown in this picture. (Image courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)



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