Legionnaires Disease | FAQ


I have a friend who has been diagnosed with Legionnaires disease and is in the critical care department of a local hospital. Does this disease have to be medically reported to the (U.S.) CDC? Will there be follow up on the source of the bacteria?

In the United States, Legionaires’ disease is a reportable disease by law to the local public health department and the CDC. Most health departments will not do a follow-up unless many patients contract the illness.

Answer provided by Victor L. Yu, MD, Professor of Medicine, Unviersity of Pittsburgh; Chief, Infectious Disease Section, VA Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

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