legionnaires' disease

noun Pathology.
a type of acute pneumonia caused by Legionella pneumophila bacterium and characterized by fever, chest pain, cough, and muscle aches.

so called from its first reported occurrence, at an American Legion convention in Philadelphia in 1976

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Legionnaires' disease Le·gion·naires' disease (lē'jə-nârz')
An acute, sometimes fatal respiratory disease caused by Legionella pneumophila and characterized by severe pneumonia, headache, and a dry cough. Also called legionellosis.

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