Legionella-like and other amoebal pathogens as agents of community-acquired pneumonia

Emerg Infect Dis. Nov-Dec 2001;7(6):1026-9. doi: 10.3201/eid0706.010619.

Abstract

We tested serum specimens from three groups of patients with pneumonia by indirect immunofluorescence against Legionella-like amoebal pathogens (LLAPs) 1-7, 9, 10, 12, 13; Parachlamydia acanthamoeba strains BN 9 and Hall's coccus; and Afipia felis. We found that LLAPs play a role (albeit an infrequent one) in community-acquired pneumonia, usually as a co-pathogen but sometimes as the sole identified pathogen.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Amebiasis / parasitology
  • Amoeba
  • Animals
  • Community-Acquired Infections / microbiology*
  • Community-Acquired Infections / parasitology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Legionella / isolation & purification
  • Legionellosis / microbiology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pneumonia / parasitology
  • Pneumonia, Bacterial / blood
  • Pneumonia, Bacterial / microbiology*