Fact sheet - Health conditions directory
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.
Public health management guidelines
- Read Queensland Health guidelines for public health units
- Read Communicable Diseases Network Australia guidelines
- List of all Pathological, clinical and provisional diagnosis notifiable conditions
- List of Public Health Unit contacts
- Notifiable conditions report form for Queensland clinicians (PHA S70) (PDF, 48kB) - if faxing notification, follow up by phone.
Enhanced surveillance for public health units
- Case report form (PDF, 221kB) - used by public health units to collect and manage more detailed information for enhanced case surveillance.