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Legionnaires’ disease 

Legionnaires’ disease

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Legionnaires’ disease
Author(s):

Nick Phin

, Falguni Naik

, Elaine Stanford

, and Sam Ghebrehewet

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198745471.003.0009
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date: 27 May 2017

This chapter describes Legionnaires’ disease and its importance as a preventable cause of severe pneumonia—one that mainly affects older people and has a high mortality rate. The background information and epidemiology of Legionnaires’ disease describe the salient points succinctly. The approach to surveillance and public health management is described in detail, as, unlike many infectious diseases, the source of infection is in the environment and infection is not spread from person to person. A case study is used to describe a typical scenario, the principles used in the investigation, as well as the management and control of such incidents. Top tips are provided to reinforce key and essential activities.

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