Legionnaires Disease | FAQ

 

What is the death rate?

Underlying disease and advanced age not only increase the risk of contracting Legionnaires’ disease but also the risk of dying from it, so it is not surprising that a CDC study of reported cases indicated a death rate of 40 percent for cases acquired during a hospital stay (nosocomial cases), but a death rate of 20 percent for community-acquired cases. Some outbreaks have claimed more than 50 percent.

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