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A Newborn with Domestically Acquired Legionnaires Disease Confirmed by Molecular Typing

Kirsi Skogberg, J. Pekka Nuorti, Harri Saxen, Jaana Kusnetsov, Silja Mentula, Vineta Fellman, Nina Mäki-Petäys and Hannele Jousimies-Somer

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 35, issue 8, pages e82-e85
Published in print October 2002 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online October 2002 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/342886
A Newborn with Domestically Acquired Legionnaires Disease Confirmed by Molecular Typing

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Legionella pneumophila serogroup 6 was recovered from a bronchoalveolar lavage specimen from a 1-week-old, full-term newborn with pneumonia, as well as from water samples from the maternity hospital and the newborn's home (an apartment). Amplified fragment-length polymorphism typing revealed that the strains isolated from the newborn and her home were indistinguishable from each other but were clearly different from the hospital and control strains. To our knowledge, this is the first report of domestic acquisition of legionnaires disease in a newborn to have been confirmed by molecular typing.

Journal Article.  2087 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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