Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, February 1st, 1999
Legionnaires' disease was first identified in 1976 after an outbreak of a mysterious pneumonia among people attending a convention of the American Legion, a U.S. veterans' group. Researchers now estimated that Legionella species may be the third or fourth most common cause of community-acquired pneumonia. The fatality rate in outbreaks can run as high as 40 percent.
The Legionella bacteria that cause the disease commonly live in lakes and streams in...
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