The test developed by C4Dx answers the limitations encountered by the other technologies :
- Detection beyond serogroup 1
- Within 2 days
About Legionnaires’ disease
Legionnaires’ disease is a severe pneumonia caused by bacteria of the genus Legionella. One usually gets it by breathing in mist from water that contains the bacteria. The mist may come from hot tubs, showers or air-conditioning units for large buildings. The bacterium doesn’t spread from person to person.
Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease include high fever, chills, a cough and sometimes muscle aches and headaches. But other types of pneumonia have similar symptoms. So, lab tests are required to detect the specific bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease.
Legionnaires’ disease is serious and can be life threatening. However, most people recover with adequate targeted antibiotic treatment.
Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Human lungs infected by Legionella pneumophila
Some figures about Legionellosis
mortality rate (1)
From 20 to
of cases stay non-diagnosed (3)
cases in Europe in 2018 / + 28% versus 2017 (1)
7000 in the US in 2018 (2)