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Legionella - Philadelphia in 1976 • Legionnaire's disease...

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Legionella ORGANISM: Genus: Legionella Species: pneumophila GENERAL CONCEPTS: Legionellae are ubiquitous aquatic saprophytes Legionella is a relatively recent discovery in terms of human disease. L. pneumophila , in particular, is the etiologic agent of Legionnaire's disease, first described in
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Unformatted text preview: Philadelphia in 1976. • Legionnaire's disease is characterized by cough and fever with radiologic evidence of pneumonia. • Legionella is a unique, previously unrecognized bacterium. One might say it is a new organism for an old disease....
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