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A recurrent outbreak of nosocomial legionnaires' disease detected by urinary antigen testing: evidence for long-term colonization of a hospital plumbing system.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Infection control and hospital epidemiology
Publication Date
Volume
19
Issue
12
Pages
905–910
Identifiers
PMID: 9872526
Source
Medline

Abstract

There may have been persistent transmission of nosocomial legionnaires' disease at this hospital that went undiscovered for many years because there was no active surveillance for legionnaires' disease. Introduction of a rapid urinary antigen test improved case ascertainment. Legionella species can be established in colonized plumbing systems and may pose a risk for infection over prolonged periods.

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