Legionnaires' Disease in a Transplant Unit: Isolation of the Causative Agent From Shower Baths

Lancet. 1980 Jul 19;2(8186):118-21. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(80)90005-7.


Legionnaires' disease was diagnosed in two patients in a transplant unit, both patients having occupied the same postoperative cubicle shortly before onset of their illnesses. Legionella pneumophila was found in water taken from the cubicle shower bath and from other showers in the unit. To eradicate the legionellae, the water supply was treated with chlorine, but this had only a temporary effect.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bacteria / isolation & purification*
  • Baths* / adverse effects
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Legionnaires' Disease / microbiology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications / etiology*
  • Transplantation, Homologous
  • Water Microbiology*