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Legionnaires disease

The Legionnaires disease seems to be confined only in the United States, as there are no serious reports of the disease outbreak in other countries. It is possible though that some cases might have been misdiagnosed treated with conventional medicine. It is admitted that many countries still do not have the diagnostic methodology to determine the pathogen causing the disease. It seems that there no interest in researching on Legionella Control as it is not a very common disease.

The Legionella Risk Assessment is a service offered to determine if water storage or sources is safe from harboring the bacteria or be a potential source of it. People in places where there is a history of the bacteria should request for the risk assessment.

Lung infection

The Legionnaires disease is a form of lung infection that can be mistaken to be caused as commonly acquired pathogens like the streptococcus and pneumococcus that are gram-positive and aerobic. Legionella is gram-negative and anaerobic. Both infections can be treated by wide spectrum antibiotics, meaning to say they antibiotics for both gram-positive and negative, and, for both aerobic and anaerobic pathogens.

When wide spectrum antibiotics are used it termed as shotgun treatment that can be beneficial in general but can cause some unwanted side-effects. Most physicians want to treat ailments as specific as possible to avoid side effects or complications.

History or cases

There are some instances when a disease is discounted especially if a locality has no history or cases of the disease. If a disease is misdiagnosed and infectious it can cause an outbreak that can be difficult to contain. When an outbreak occurs, it will be then only that medical professionals will be interested to find out what is causing it. If there is lack of lab or diagnostic methodology it will surely be difficult to control the situation.

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