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Legionnaires' disease organism, legionella

Legionnaires' disease organism, legionella

Overview

Legionnaire's disease was first described in 1976 after an outbreak of fatal pneumonia at a Legionnaires convention. The newly described organism which caused the disease was named Legionella pneumophila, shown in this picture. (Image courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)

Update Date 5/19/2013