A newborn with domestically acquired legionnaires disease confirmed by molecular typing

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Legionella pneumophila serogroup 6 was recovered from a bronchoalveolar lavage specimen from a 1-week-old, full-term newborn with pneumonia, as well as from water samples from the maternity hospital and the newborn's home (an apartment). Amplified fragment-length polymorphism typing revealed that the strains isolated from the newborn and her home were indistinguishable from each other but were clearly different from the hospital and control strains. To our knowledge, this is the first report of domestic acquisition of legionnaires disease in a newborn to have been confirmed by molecular typing.


  • Kirsi Skogberg
  • J Pekka Nuorti
  • Harri Saxen
  • Jaana Kusnetsov
  • Silja Mentula
  • Vineta Fellman
  • Nina Maki-Petays
  • Hannele Jousimies-Somer
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  • Infectious Medicine
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e82
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes