Legionnaires' disease: building a better world for you

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Dehner, George
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2018-07-01
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Legionella-pneumophila , Bacterium , Pneumonia , Outbreak
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The emergent or newly reemerging disease model often relies on poverty as a contributing factor in the transmission of infectious diseases. But as Andrew Price-Smith has argued, affluence can also be a factor in the enhanced transmission of infection. Legionnaires' disease, first identified in 1976 as the cause of a novel disease outbreak in Philadelphia, fits the model of such a disease of affluence. The Legionella bacteria readily finds niches in the equipment and systems of the modern-built environment designed to deliver and store fresh water for the comfort of its inhabitants. Ubiquitous in freshwater sources around the world, the built environment constitutes a "better" world for Legionella population increase and is likely to facilitate expanding outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease.

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George Dehner; Legionnaires’ Disease: Building a Better World for You, Environmental History, Volume 23, Issue 3, 1 July 2018, Pages 522–544,
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Oxford University Press
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1084-5453
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