Medical Dictionary: Legionella pneumophila

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Legionella pneumophila: Another name for Legionnaires' disease.
Legionella pneumophila (condition): Airborne disease known for infections caused by air conditioning towers.

Legionella pneumophila: Legionnaires' disease, which is also known as Legionellosis, is a form of pneumonia. It is often called Legionnaires' disease because the first known outbreak occurred in the Bellevue Stratford Hotel that was hosting a convention of the Pennsylvania Department of the American Legion. In that outbreak, approximately 221 people contracted this previously unknown type of bacterial pneumonia, and 34 people died. The source of the bacterium was found to be contaminated water used to cool the air in the hotel's air conditioning system.1

More information on medical condition: Legionnaires' disease:

1. excerpt from Legionnaires' Disease: NIEHS_1

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