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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 40

of 'Epidemiology and pathogenesis of Legionella infection'

Travel-associated Legionnaires disease in Europe in 2007.
Joseph CA, Yadav R, Ricketts KD, European Working Group for Legionella Infections
Euro Surveill. 2009;14(18) Epub 2009 May 7.
Nine hundred and forty six cases of travel-associated Legionnaires disease were reported to the European Surveillance Scheme for Travel Associated Legionnaires Disease (EWGLINET) with onset during 2007; 890 were confirmed and 56 were presumptive. Twenty eight cases died, giving a case fatality rate of 3.0%. 8.2% of cases were diagnosed by culture, an important increase from 5.2% in 2006. One hundred and twelve new clusters were identified; the largest involved nine cases. Sixteen of these clusters (14.3%) occurred in countries outside EWGLINET, and three involved cruise ships. Twenty nine of the new clusters (25.9%) would not have been detected without the EWGLINET scheme. A total of 151 investigations were conducted in Europe, 42 of which were conducted at re-offending sites (where additional cases had onset after a report was received to say that investigations and control measures had been satisfactorily conducted). The names of 13 accommodation sites were published on the European Working Group for Legionella Infections (EWGLI) website; 11 of these were situated in Turkey.
Respiratory and Systemic Infections Department, Health Protection Agency Centre for Infections, London, United Kingdom. Carol.Joseph@HPA.co.uk