Legionnaires' disease (AKA Legionellosis ), is caused by a type of bacteria called Legionella. The bacteria received its name in 1976, when many people who went to a Philadelphia convention of the American Legion suffered from an outbreak of the disease, a type of pneumonia.
Although this type of bacteria was around before1976, there is more illness from Legionnaires' disease is being detected now. The reason is because the disease is looked for whenever a patient has pneumonia.
Each year, in the U.S., between 8,000 and 18,000 people are hospitalized due to Legionnaires' disease.
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