A cluster of Legionnaires' disease and associated Pontiac fever morbidity in office workers, Dublin, June-July 2008.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/219675
Title:
A cluster of Legionnaires' disease and associated Pontiac fever morbidity in office workers, Dublin, June-July 2008.
Authors:
Ward, M; Boland, M; Nicolay, N; Murphy, H; McElhiney, J; Collins, C; Lynch, M; McCarthy, M; O' Donnell, J
Affiliation:
Department of Public Health, Health Services Executive, Dublin, Ireland. mary.wardbarrett@hse.ie
Citation:
A cluster of Legionnaires' disease and associated Pontiac fever morbidity in office workers, Dublin, June-July 2008. 2010, 2010:463926 J Environ Public Health
Journal:
Journal of environmental and public health
Issue Date:
2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/219675
DOI:
10.1155/2010/463926
PubMed ID:
20414339
Abstract:
In June and July 2008, two office workers were admitted to a Dublin hospital with Legionnaires' disease. Investigations showed that cooling towers in the basement car park were the most likely source of infection. However, positive results from cooling tower samples by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) did not correlate with subsequent culture results. Also, many employees reported Pontiac fever-like morbidity following notification of the second case of Legionnaires' disease. In total, 54 employees attended their general practitioner or emergency department with symptoms of Legionnaires' disease or Pontiac fever. However, all laboratory tests for Legionnaires' disease or Pontiac fever were negative. In this investigation, email was used extensively for active case finding and provision of time information to employees and medical colleagues. We recommend clarification of the role of PCR in the diagnosis of legionellosis and also advocate for a specific laboratory test for the diagnosis of the milder form of legionellosis as in Pontiac fever.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
HEALTH PROTECTION
Local subject classification:
PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT; INFECTIOUS DISEASES
MeSH:
Air Conditioning; Disease Outbreaks; Humans; Ireland; Legionella pneumophila; Legionnaires' Disease; Male; Middle Aged; Occupational Diseases; Polymerase Chain Reaction; Water Microbiology
ISSN:
1687-9813

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorWard, Men_GB
dc.contributor.authorBoland, Men_GB
dc.contributor.authorNicolay, Nen_GB
dc.contributor.authorMurphy, Hen_GB
dc.contributor.authorMcElhiney, Jen_GB
dc.contributor.authorCollins, Cen_GB
dc.contributor.authorLynch, Men_GB
dc.contributor.authorMcCarthy, Men_GB
dc.contributor.authorO' Donnell, Jen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-04-20T15:40:12Z-
dc.date.available2012-04-20T15:40:12Z-
dc.date.issued2010-
dc.identifier.citationA cluster of Legionnaires' disease and associated Pontiac fever morbidity in office workers, Dublin, June-July 2008. 2010, 2010:463926 J Environ Public Healthen_GB
dc.identifier.issn1687-9813-
dc.identifier.pmid20414339-
dc.identifier.doi10.1155/2010/463926-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/219675-
dc.description.abstractIn June and July 2008, two office workers were admitted to a Dublin hospital with Legionnaires' disease. Investigations showed that cooling towers in the basement car park were the most likely source of infection. However, positive results from cooling tower samples by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) did not correlate with subsequent culture results. Also, many employees reported Pontiac fever-like morbidity following notification of the second case of Legionnaires' disease. In total, 54 employees attended their general practitioner or emergency department with symptoms of Legionnaires' disease or Pontiac fever. However, all laboratory tests for Legionnaires' disease or Pontiac fever were negative. In this investigation, email was used extensively for active case finding and provision of time information to employees and medical colleagues. We recommend clarification of the role of PCR in the diagnosis of legionellosis and also advocate for a specific laboratory test for the diagnosis of the milder form of legionellosis as in Pontiac fever.-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Journal of environmental and public healthen_GB
dc.subjectHEALTH PROTECTIONen
dc.subject.meshAir Conditioning-
dc.subject.meshDisease Outbreaks-
dc.subject.meshHumans-
dc.subject.meshIreland-
dc.subject.meshLegionella pneumophila-
dc.subject.meshLegionnaires' Disease-
dc.subject.meshMale-
dc.subject.meshMiddle Aged-
dc.subject.meshOccupational Diseases-
dc.subject.meshPolymerase Chain Reaction-
dc.subject.meshWater Microbiology-
dc.subject.otherPUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENTen
dc.subject.otherINFECTIOUS DISEASESen
dc.titleA cluster of Legionnaires' disease and associated Pontiac fever morbidity in office workers, Dublin, June-July 2008.en_GB
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Public Health, Health Services Executive, Dublin, Ireland. mary.wardbarrett@hse.ieen_GB
dc.identifier.journalJournal of environmental and public healthen_GB

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