Thousands of cases of legionellosis occur each year in the United States as either Legionnaires disease, an often severe form of pneumonia, or Pontiac fever
, an influenza-like, self-limited illness.
Fountains in restaurants have previously been linked to outbreaks of Pontiac fever
- the milder flu-like form of Legionnaire's disease.
Of these, two were confirmed as having Legionnaires' disease and five of having Pontiac Fever
, a milder version caused by the same organism.
Two were confirmed as Legionnaires' Disease and five as Pontiac Fever
, a milder version.
Infection by the bacterium usually leads to Pontiac fever
, but more severe versions cause pneumonia.
More than 15 known serogroups have been identified, including LD's less-threatening cousin, Pontiac fever
Most Pontiac fever
victims recover within five days.
Nine other holidaymakers in the party, believed to be mainly pensioners, from Walsall went down with suspected Pontiac fever
during their stay and one is still in hospital recovering.
As of this writing, legionellosis, comprised of Legionnaires' disease and the related flu-like illness Pontiac fever
, is responsible for more than two-thirds of all outbreaks of disease caused by potable water in the United States.
is a mild flu-like illness without pneumonia.
pneumophila and often cause legionellosis and Pontiac fever
, a nonpneumonic, self-limiting illness characterized by influenza-like symptoms (4,5).
coli, Ehrlichiosis, Food poisoning, Group A Streptococcal Infections, Group B Streptococcal Infections, Invasive Candidiasis, Invasive group A Streptococcal disease, Legionnaires' disease, Melanoma, Mel iodosis, Mycobacterial infections, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, various Nosocomial infections, Pneumococcus, Pneumonia, Pontiac fever
, Pyelonephritis, Q fever, RSV, Salmonella food poisoning, Septicemia, Strep infections, Toxoplasmosis, Vaginal Candidiasis and Vibrio vulnificus.
Most people exposed to Legionella do not become ill, while some come down with the non-fatal Pontiac Fever
, which lasts for just two to five days.
Of these, two have been confirmed as having Legionnaires' disease and five of having Pontiac Fever
, a milder version caused by the same legionella organism.