Legionnaires’ disease gained notoriety in July 1976, when an outbreak of a serious lung infection occurred among those attending the 58th annual convention of the American Legion at the Bellevue-Stratford in Philadelphia. Legionella is widely present in the natural environment, and Legionella pneumophila is well recognized as a common cause of community-acquired pneumonia. In 2008, there were 3,181 cases of Legionnaires’ disease reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Reports indicate that prevalence of Legionella infections has increased during the past two decades. It is not known if this is due to better diagnostic techniques or changes in the environment.
The goal of this Legionnaires’ disease continuing education program is to provide pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, health educators, dietitians, nurses and laboratory technologists with information about Legionnaires’ disease, its epidemiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis and management. After reading the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Describe the characteristics, pathophysiology and epidemiology of Legionella
- List the risk factors for Legionnaires’ disease
- Discuss treatment options for Legionnaires’ disease
This course is intended for multiple professions, including pharmacists, health educators, dietitians, nurses and laboratory technologists.
Health educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.
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Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.
Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.