What is included in inpatient care of Legionella infection?

Updated: Nov 13, 2018
  • Author: Mobeen H Rathore, MD, CPE, FAAP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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See the list below:

  • Most patients with Legionnaires disease (LD) require initial hospitalization for intravenous antibiotics.

    • Closely monitor patients for signs of shock and/or respiratory or multiorgan failure and the need for ICU care.

    • Patients who begin to steadily improve can be switched to oral antibiotics.

    • Continue to monitor patients in the hospital for at least 1 day after switching to oral antimicrobial therapy because relapse is possible.

  • Patients with Pontiac fever do not require hospitalization.


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