Identify all Legionella Serogroups and specific strains for better risk management planning
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m-Tech's founder, Lee Thacker, worked for the CDC for 20 years including the time of the Legionnaire's Disease outbreak in 1976. He helped develop the reagents for the first DFA test for Legionella and described the first four serogroups of Legionella pneumophila. He also produced the first monoclonal antibodies used to detect Legionella.
m-Tech was incorporated in 1984 and began producing and supplying various test kits. m-Tech specializes in research, manufacturing and distribution of DFA tests including antibodies, antigens and prepared slides used for Legionella pneumophila serogroups and species.
While there are more than 58 different recognised Legionella species, less than half of those can cause illness in humans. However, while around 25 species are known to be harmful to us, just one has been identified as the cause of most outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease.https://legionellacontrol.com/legionella/legionella-species/
Legionnaire's Disease was named in 1976 at an American Legion convention in Philadelphia ,PA when respiratory disease affected some of the attendees of the convention. This led to the isolation and identification of Legionnaire's bacteria (LBD). Several distinct serogrous have been identified since then. Most of that information has been collected on Legionella pneumophila.
Two distinct illnesses, Legionnaire's disease and Pontiac fever, have been associated with the Legionella species. Legionnaire's disease is a severe pneumonia. Pontiac fever is a mild, non- pneumonia infuenza-like illness. It is not clear why the same casual agent can produce two distinct illnesses.*
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