Volume 7, Issue 5 (winter 2004)                   J Qazvin Univ Med Sci 2004, 7(5): 70-74 | Back to browse issues page

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Khosroshahi N, Moosavian S. Isolation and identification of Legionnaire’s disease agents from the medical equipments and environmental water sources. J Qazvin Univ Med Sci. 2004; 7 (5) :70-74
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Background: The legionellaceae family has a single genus legionella which is a major cause of respiratory disease in human. These agents are water – born organisms with a wide distribution in natural and artificial environmental water supplies. Transmission to human may occur through contaminated aerosols. Objective: This study was performed to isolate and identify determine the legionnaire’s disease agents from the medical equipments and environmental water sources. Methods: 210 samples were collected from hospitals and other aquatic sources in Ahwaz. The samples were examined for legionella bacteriology. Findings: The results indicated that the legionella were present in 14 out of 210 samples. Using biochemical tests, 9 serogroups of legionella species were recognized as pneumophila and the remaining 5 serogroups were reported as other legionella species. Conclusion: It seems that legionellas exist at the location of the sampling areas. Recognition of different serogroups of these bacteria needs more epidemiological studies.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Microbiology

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