The rise and fall of Legionnaires' disease in Nottingham

J Infect. 1986 Nov;13(3):293-6. doi: 10.1016/s0163-4453(86)91421-0.


The annual number of confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease in both Nottingham, and England and Wales, reached a peak in 1980 and has since declined. Legionella infection is a rare cause of community-acquired pneumonia managed at home (accounting for less than 1% of cases), more common in those admitted to hospital (5-15%) and more common still in patients with severe pneumonia as seen on an intensive care unit (up to 30% of cases). Antibiotic therapy for any patient with moderate or severe pneumonia of uncertain aetiology should cover legionella infection.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • England
  • Hospitals, Municipal
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Legionnaires' Disease / epidemiology*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Wales