Huhumidifier-associated paediatric legionnaires' disease, Israel, February 2012

J. Moran-Gilad*, T. Lazarovitch, M. Mentasti, Timothy Harrison, M. Weinberger, Y. Mordish, Z. Mor, T. Stocki, E. Anis, C. Sadik, Z. Amitai, I. Grotto

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We report a fatal case of community-acquired Legionnaires' disease in an infant aged under six months. Epidemiological and microbiological investigations suggested that a free-standing cold water humidifier using domestic tap water contaminated with Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1 served as a vehicle for infection. These findings were corroborated by sequence-based typing (SBT). Humidifierassociated Legionnaires' disease can be prevented by appropriate control measures. This case also illustrates the emerging role of SBT in the investigation of legionellosis.

Original languageEnglish
Issue number41
Publication statusPublished - 11 Oct 2012


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