April 5, 2017 zacherlaw 0 Comments

  1. The first recorded outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease happened in 1976 in Philadelphia at a conference for American Legion members. There were a total of 182 cases of the disease, 29 of which were fatal.
  2. Legionnaires’ Disease is a form of pneumonia caused by the legionella bacteria.
  3. Legionnaires’ Disease is also known as legionellosis.
  4. The disease takes anywhere from 2 to 14 days to take hold within the body.
  5. There are over 50 species of legionella bacteria. The most common by far is legionella pneumophila.
  6. Species of legionella are often named after the area in which they were found.
  7. There is a species of legionella called legionella shakespearei. This species was extracted in Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of famed writer William Shakespeare.
  8. A person usually contracts Legionnaires’ Disease through aerosolization, the process whereby liquid droplets are converted into airborne droplets. These droplets are inhaled into the lungs, where the bacteria multiplies.
  9. Research has shown that airborne droplets of legionella, when aerosolized through a cooling tower, can travel up to 4 miles from their original position.
  10. The Soviet Union created a genetically modified version of legionella that could be used as a chemical weapon.
Legionnaires’ Disease Fast Facts was last modified: April 5th, 2017 by zacherlaw

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