Latest Legionella pneumophila Stories

2011-09-27 15:06:21

Current recommendations for testing missed 41 percent of cases A new study from Rhode Island Hospital shows that guidelines concerning testing patients for possible community-acquired pneumonia due to Legionella may underestimate the number of cases being seen by clinicians. The study found that if testing was only done in patients felt to be at increased risk of Legionnaires' disease based on such guidelines, more than 40 percent of Legionella cases could be missed based on this...

2011-07-12 22:36:46

Purdue University biologists identified a new way in which bacteria hijack healthy cells during infection, which could provide a target for new antibiotics. Zhao-Qing Luo, the associate professor of biological sciences who led the study, said the team discovered a new enzyme used by the bacterium Legionella pneumophila - which causes Legionnaires' disease - to control its host cell in order to take up residence. "Legionnaires' disease is a severe form of pneumonia, and this finding could lead...

2010-09-07 08:39:07

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A case report in this week's issue of The Lancet, investigates an unusual situation where a man contracted Legionnaire's disease through a cut in his hand while planting with potting compost. Legionnaire's disease is a common pneumonia that is typically caused by Legionella pneumophila. Legionnaire's disease caused by L longbeachae is much less common. There have only been nine reported cases of this kind in the United Kingdom since 1984. According to the Centers for...

2006-01-30 16:25:00

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A protein called Birc1e, found within the cells of the body, plays a key role in detecting and controlling infection with Legionella pneumophila, the bacterium that causes Legionnaire's disease, according to a new report. Legionnaires' disease, a severe type of pneumonia, gets its name from a 1976 outbreak that occurred among people staying at a Philadelphia hotel that was hosting an American Legion convention. Later, the organism that caused the illness was named...

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