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  • Legionnaires Disease

    Pathophysiology: Legionnaires’ disease is a serious lung infection caused by Legionella bacteria. Legionnaires' disease, also known as legionellosis or Legion fever. Over 90% of cases of Legionnaires' disease are caused by Legionella pneumophila. These bacterial species can be water-borne or present in soil, whereas L. pneumophila has only been found in aquatic systems, where it is symbiotically present in aquatic-borne amoebae. It thrives in temperatures between 25 and 45 °C (77 and 113 °F), with an optimum temperature of 35 °C (95 °F).

  • Legionnaires Disease

    Treatment: People of any age may suffer from Legionnaires' disease, but the illness most often affects middle-aged and older persons, particularly those who smoke cigarettes or have chronic lung disease. Immunocompromised people are also at higher risk. Pontiac fever most commonly occurs in persons who are otherwise healthy. A significant under-reporting problem occurs with legionellosis. Even in countries with effective health services and readily available diagnostic testing, about 90 percent of cases of Legionnaires' disease are missed.

  • Legionnaires Disease

    Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease affects males approximately four to five times as often as females (4-5:1). LCPD has been shown to have hereditary components and does occur occasionally in Havanese. In the OFA data base, only 435 Havanese have been tested for LCPD. This is only approximately ¼ of Havanese tested for hip dysplasia. Of these, 99.8% are normal and only 0.2% are abnormal. These statistics would seem to indicate that the incidence of LCPD is quite low, however we do hear about it from time to time. It is very possible that the real incidence is higher than that.

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