Legionella pneumophilia


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Legionella pneu·mo·phil·i·a

(nōō′mə-fĭl′ē-ə)
n.
A bacillus of the genus Legionella and the causative agent of Legionnaires' disease.
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Molecular tests for other pathogens are starting to become more widely used clinically: Tests for hepatitis C virus, suspected central nervous system infections with herpes simplex virus, and oncogenic human papilloma virus types as an adjunct to or replacement for cervical cytology are all gaining popularity Tests in development or not yet commercially available include those for enteroviral meningitis and for atypical pneumonia pathogens-My coplasma pneumoniae, Chlamydia pneumoniae, and Legionella pneumophilia.
On admission (8 days after the onset of illness), sputum and blood samples were taken for routine microscopy, bacterial (including Legionella pneumophilia and mycobacteria), and fungal culture.
So if a lab with a large number of requests for Legionella pneumophilia cultures chose to test in-house instead of sending out the work, it would purchase the kit and maintain quality control.