Legionella pneumophilia

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Synonyms for Legionella pneumophilia

the motile aerobic rod-shaped Gram-negative bacterium that thrives in central heating and air conditioning systems and can cause Legionnaires' disease


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The disease is most often contracted by inhaling mist from water sources contaminated with Legionella pneumophilia bacteria and from contaminated air conditioning systems.
Another common area of concern is transplant units where shower heads and other tap-water outlets may be tested for the presence of Coliforms, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Legionella pneumophilia, Aspergillus species, and Mycobacterium species.
The underreporting may be the result of increasing reliance on a rapid urine antigen test that detects Legionella pneumophilia serogroup 1 (LP1) but does not detect cases caused by other Legionella serotypes, as well as the use of empiric therapy using agents with activity against legionnaires' disease in hospitalized patients with community-acquired pneumonia.
Molecular tests for other pathogens are starting to become more widely used clinically: Tests for hepatitis C virus, suspected central nervous system infections with herpes simplex virus, and oncogenic human papilloma virus types as an adjunct to or replacement for cervical cytology are all gaining popularity Tests in development or not yet commercially available include those for enteroviral meningitis and for atypical pneumonia pathogens-My coplasma pneumoniae, Chlamydia pneumoniae, and Legionella pneumophilia.
On admission (8 days after the onset of illness), sputum and blood samples were taken for routine microscopy, bacterial (including Legionella pneumophilia and mycobacteria), and fungal culture.