Legionella pneumophila: probable transmission from a contaminated respiratory device

Jacqueline H. Stephens, Douglas D. Shaw, Ann P. Koehler

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This report presents a case of Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1 where a contaminated continuous positive airway pressure device was potentially implicated in disease transmission. Humidifiers and nebulisers remain a potential source of Legionnaires’ disease. Patient and family education on device maintenance is important in reducing the risk of infection. Device manuals and instructions for use should be updated to highlight the medical reasons why cleaning and maintenance is important.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E201-E203
Number of pages3
JournalCommunicable Diseases Intelligence Quarterly Report
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Legionella pneumophila
  • probable transmission
  • contaminated respiratory devices
  • disease transmission
  • Legionnaires’ disease
  • device maintenance
  • Patient and family education
  • reducing the risk of infection
  • cleaning and maintenance


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