Sometimes the bacteria cause a serious type of pneumonia (lung infection) called Legionnaires ' disease. The bacteria can also cause a less. Legionnaires ' disease is a severe, often lethal, form of pneumonia. It's caused by the bacterium Legionella pneumophila found in both potable and nonpotable. Legionnaires ' disease is a form of atypical pneumonia caused by any type of Legionella bacteria. Signs and symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, high Causes : Bacteria of the Legionella type (spread.
A significant under-reporting problem occurs with legionellosis. The New York Times. Accessed March 23, Separately or together, the two illnesses are sometimes called legionellosis. ABOUT About CDC Jobs Funding LEGAL Policies Privacy FOIA No Fear Act OIG. Rickettsia akari Rickettsialpox Orientia tsutsugamushi Scrub typhus. Older adults, smokers and people with weakened immune systems are particularly susceptible to legionnaires' disease.