Increase in Legionnaire’s Disease Prompts Call for Vigilance

The incidence of Legionnaires’ disease in the United States increased more than 4‐fold between 2000 and 2016. The reported incidence in North Carolina is similar to the national incidence and has followed a similar trend during this period, increasing from 0.65 to 2.36 cases per 100,000 population.  The North Carolina Division of Public Health asks that clinicians help address increases in Legionnaires’ disease by sharing prevention measures with patients and by ensuring the early detection of cases, allowing for a rapid response to prevent additional cases.

Read the NC Department of Public Health’s memo to clinicians.


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