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Hospital-acquired Legionella pneumonia 

Hospital-acquired Legionella pneumonia
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Hospital-acquired Legionella pneumonia
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Catherine Roberts

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199665754.003.0019
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date: 17 July 2019

Legionellosis provides a classic example of the need for an understanding of the ecology of an organism, as well as its clinical behaviour, in order to identify possible sources of infection. This chapter describes a case of hospital-acquired legionellosis focusing on its diagnosis and management. The chapter also focuses on the infection control issues surrounding nosocomial acquisition of the organism and the infection control implications, investigations, and management. The case highlights how all water sources to which a patient may have been exposed, both in and outside the hospital, must be considered as potential sources and involvement of the infection control team, the estates department and public health departments must occur at an early stage.

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