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  • n. bacteria of the genus Legionella.

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  • n. 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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  • And for an electric water heater, the cooler tank bottom that can result from this damage can become a breeding ground for legionella.

    Weekend Project: Flush your water heater

  • According to a health website, the disease is a type of pneumonia usually caused by the legionella pneumophila bacteria and is treatable with antibiotics.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The tour operator had been informed on January 14 that one of their guests had been treated for a form of pneumonia caused by the legionella bacteria on return to the UK. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph

  • The legionella bacteria also causes a milder illness called Pontiac fever.

    The Seattle Times

  • Coli or legionella, will quickly die in properly chlorinated water. - Home Page

  • But the problem is, even with regular cleaning and testing, "it's possible for legionella to accumulate," said Patterson, who is also president of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.

    Washington Post: Breaking News, World, US, DC News & Analysis

  • In a statement the Los Angeles County department of public health said: Though legionella bacteria was identified in a water sample taken from the Playboy Mansion, this bacteria has not been determined as the source of the respiratory outbreak.

    The Guardian World News

  • The Los Angeles health department took samples from the water in the hot tub and identified the legionella bacterium which can cause the potentially fatal legionnaires' disease.

    The Guardian World News

  • Because he hadn't said he was feeling unwell we did not know the cause but we understand the Spanish health authorities are putting it down to legionella bacterium.

    Evening Standard - Home

  • He added: Five people who had since returned to the UK had been to the doctors and were confirmed as having contracted legionella.

    Evening Standard - Home


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