Monday, April 02, 2007

Legionellosis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Been under the weather for 2 weeks now, so I've been trying to name my sickness. For now, we're going with Buick Cough. (see Pontiac Fever reference below)

Legionellosis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Legionellosis
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Legionellosis is an infection caused by the genus of Gram negative bacteria Legionella, notably Legionella pneumophila.[1] At least 46 species and 70 serogroups have been identified. L. pneumophila, a ubiquitous aquatic organism that thrives in warm environments (25 to 45 �C with an optimum around 35 �C) causes over 90% of Legionnaires' disease cases.[2]

The disease has two distinct forms:

* Legionnaires' disease is the name for the more severe form of infection which includes pneumonia.[3]
* Pontiac fever is a milder respiratory illness without pneumonia caused by the same bacterium."


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