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DOD - Legionaire's

Disease of the Day - 1/16/2013 - Legionaire's Disease

What is the nickname for Legionnaire's Disease? old man's disease
What is the etiologic agent of Legionnaire's Disease? Legionella pneumophila - gram-negative bacilli
How is Legionnaire's disease contracted? breathing
What is the incubation period of Legionnaire's Disease? 2-10 days, symptoms show in about 1 week
What are the manifestations of Legionnaire's Disease? headache, muscle aches, chills, fever that may be 104F, cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, loss of appetite, GI problems, confusion
What factors contribute to Legionnaire's Disease? smoking, alcolhism, weakened immune system, chronic lung disease, kidney disease, over 65 years old, maintaining cooling towers for air conditioners
How is Legionnaire's disease treated? Antibiotics, Supportive Measures, Oxygen, Fluid & Electrolyte Replacement
Is Legionnaire's disease communicable? No
Do you need to case report Legionnaire's disease? no
Do individuals with Legionnaire's disease need to be isolated? No
Are there any vaccines for Legionnaire's disease? no
What is the reservoir for Legionnaire's Disease? water, especially warm water that is aerosolized (air conditioners, humidifiers, whirlpools and hot tubs)
How is Legionnaire's Disease transmitted? inhalation of contaminated air
Created by: iAshee



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