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Legionella are a type of bacteria, some of which can cause disease.There are over 50 different species of Legionella bacteria. In Australia the most common species that are known to cause human disease are Legionella pneumophila and Legionella longbeachae.

Legionellosis is a collective term for diseases caused by Legionella bacteria including the most serious, Legionnaires’ disease, as well as the less serious condition of Pontiac fever. If a person has a Legionella-related disease and they have pneumonia they have Legionnaires’ disease. If they don’t have pneumonia they may have Pontiac fever which is usually a mild, flu like illness lasting a few days.

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Last updated: 3/02/2016 3:35:25 PM