Definitions for legionnaires' disease
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a form of pneumonia caused by bacteria of the genus Legionella, esp. L. pneumophila, typically acquired by inhaling airborne droplets from a contaminated water supply.
Origin of legionnaires' disease:
so called from its first reported occurrence, at an American Legion convention in Philadelphia in 1976
acute (sometimes fatal) lobar pneumonia caused by bacteria of a kind first recognized after an outbreak of the disease at an American Legion convention in Philadelphia in 1976; characterized by fever and muscle and chest pain and headache and chills and a dry cough
U.S. National Library of Medicine
An acute, sometimes fatal, pneumonia-like bacterial infection characterized by high fever, malaise, muscle aches, respiratory disorders and headache. It is named for an outbreak at the 1976 Philadelphia convention of the American Legion.
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