Travel-associated infections caused by unusual serogroups of Legionella pneumophila identified using Legionella BIOCHIP slides in Turkey and Iraq


KOCAZEYBEK B. S. , YUKSEL P., KESKIN D., SHEIKH S., Habip Z., YAVUZER S. S. , ...More

TRAVEL MEDICINE AND INFECTIOUS DISEASE, vol.14, no.3, pp.248-254, 2016 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 14 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.tmaid.2016.04.001
  • Journal Name: TRAVEL MEDICINE AND INFECTIOUS DISEASE
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.248-254

Abstract

Background: Although Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1 is the common disease causing serogroup, rare serogroups can also may cause legionellosis. A 54-year-old male patient (index case) reported that he had been on a religious trip (for visiting, tomb of Ali, which is important for Shias) to Iraq with a large group (50 shia pilgrims from Kars city of Turkey) two weeks prior to admission. Due to civil war, the hotel where the patient stayed in Iraq lacked proper hygiene. A large number of people in the travel group were experiencing the same symptoms. Other five cases were 2 males (ages; 50, 45) and 3 females including the wife of the index case (ages; 50, 28, 27).