Two Cases of Legionnaires’ Disease in Newborns After Water Births — Arizona, 2016

June 12, 2017 at 7:54 am

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report June 9, 2017 / 66(22);590–591

Geoffrey Granseth, MPH1,2; Rachana Bhattarai, MS1; Tammy Sylvester, MSN3; Siru Prasai, MD3; Eugene Livar, MD1

1Arizona Department of Health Services; 2CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellowship Program; 3Maricopa County Department of Public Health, Arizona.

Legionnaires’ disease is a severe, sometimes fatal disease characterized by fever, myalgia, cough, and clinical or radiographic pneumonia, caused by inhaling or aspirating small droplets of water containing Legionella bacteria.* In 2015, approximately 6,000 cases of Legionnaires’ disease were reported in the United States (1). Nearly 10% of cases are fatal (2). The number of reported cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Arizona has increased in recent years. Surveillance data from Arizona’s Medical Electronic Disease Surveillance Intelligence System (MEDSIS) identified 46 reported cases in 2011 and 93 in 2015 (3), representing more than a 100% increase. During 2011–2015, only one case was reported in an infant aged <1 month; however, during the first 4 months of 2016, two cases were reported in infants, both of whom were delivered at home in a birthing tub (water births)…..



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Entry filed under: Antimicrobianos, Bacterias, Bacteriemias, Biología Molecular, Desinfection and Sterilization, Epidemiología, Health Care-Associated Infections, Infecciones respiratorias, Metodos diagnosticos, REPORTS, Sepsis, Update.

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