|Pontiac fever (Legionella Pneumophila)
|Legionella Pneumophila pneumonia
- Mild flu-like illness caused by legionella bacteria
- Most reported cases occur during legionellosis outbreaks
- Usually from a contaminated water source.
- Breathing in aerosols from a contaminated water system such as spa pools is the main transmission route
- Headache, muscle aches, dry cough, shortness of breath
- No signs of pneumonia
- FBC, U&E, LFTs
- CXR: no pneumonia
- A urine test can diagnose sporadic cases of Pontiac fever.
- There is no specific treatment for Pontiac fever.
- Admission usually not needed
- Treat symptoms appropriately based on clinical assessment of severity.
- For most people, this is a self-limiting illness