Show Summary Details
Page of

Legionnaires’ disease 

Legionnaires’ disease
Legionnaires’ disease

Nick Phin

, Falguni Naik

, Elaine Stanford

, and Sam Ghebrehewet

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2016. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 21 June 2018

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.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.