oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Legionnaires' disease; first reported case in Zimbabwe

Volume 27, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



A case history is recorded of a very ill man presenting with a pneumonia unresponsive to conventional therapy and who had diarrhoea, hyponatraemia and hypoalbuminaemia and who responded dramatically to Erythromycin. Indirect fluorescent antibody test titre was positive at 1 : 32 which may be a little disappointing but it would appear that there is little doubt that this was Legionnaires Disease. The surprising aspect, perhaps, is that in the last quarter of the 20th century new bacterial pneumonias are still being discovered.

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