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Chapter 28 : Epidemiological Surveillance of Seropositive Legionellosis Cases in Korea During 1999–2002

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Community-acquired and hospital-acquired legionellosis have been occasionally reported in Korea since the recognition of an outbreak of Pontiac fever in 1984. However, there was a lack of epidemiological information on the diagnosed patients that could be used as serological evidence. Researchers analyzed the epidemiological and clinical data and antibiotic treatment records for the patients diagnosed serologically as having legionellosis in Korea during 1999 to 2002. The common clinical symptoms included fever, cough, sputum, and dyspnea. Twenty-eight patients (25.9%) showed reactivity for , and 14 patients (13.0%) were associated with serogroup 1 according to serological tests. Most of the legionellosis cases diagnosed with serological methods in Korea show epidemiological aspects similar to those reported in other countries. In sero-diagnosis of this study, it is remarkable that was the most prevalent species in Korea. Therefore, infection as well as other species other than should be taken into consideration when serological diagnosis is performed in Korea.

Citation: Kyung Lee H, Jin Baek S, In Ju Y, June Bae J, Suck Park M, MiYeoun P. 2006. Epidemiological Surveillance of Seropositive Legionellosis Cases in Korea During 1999–2002, p 108-109. In Cianciotto N, Kwaik Y, Edelstein P, Fields B, Geary D, Harrison T, Joseph C, Ratcliff R, Stout J, Swanson M (ed), . ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555815660.ch28

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Age distribution of 108 patients by sex, 1999 to 2002

Citation: Kyung Lee H, Jin Baek S, In Ju Y, June Bae J, Suck Park M, MiYeoun P. 2006. Epidemiological Surveillance of Seropositive Legionellosis Cases in Korea During 1999–2002, p 108-109. In Cianciotto N, Kwaik Y, Edelstein P, Fields B, Geary D, Harrison T, Joseph C, Ratcliff R, Stout J, Swanson M (ed), . ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555815660.ch28
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Analysis of risk factors and underlying diseases of 108 patients, 1999 to 2002

Citation: Kyung Lee H, Jin Baek S, In Ju Y, June Bae J, Suck Park M, MiYeoun P. 2006. Epidemiological Surveillance of Seropositive Legionellosis Cases in Korea During 1999–2002, p 108-109. In Cianciotto N, Kwaik Y, Edelstein P, Fields B, Geary D, Harrison T, Joseph C, Ratcliff R, Stout J, Swanson M (ed), . ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555815660.ch28
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TABLE 2

Etiological agents of 108 patients, 1999 to 2002

Citation: Kyung Lee H, Jin Baek S, In Ju Y, June Bae J, Suck Park M, MiYeoun P. 2006. Epidemiological Surveillance of Seropositive Legionellosis Cases in Korea During 1999–2002, p 108-109. In Cianciotto N, Kwaik Y, Edelstein P, Fields B, Geary D, Harrison T, Joseph C, Ratcliff R, Stout J, Swanson M (ed), . ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555815660.ch28

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