|Description:||This 1981 image depicts a plaque on display that was awarded to four Centers for Disease Control (CDC) scientists, for “their work on the isolation and taxonomy of Legionella” bacteria. The researchers included Dr. Joseph E. McDade. Dr. Don J. Brenner, Dr. James C. Feeley, and Dr. William B. Cherry, and was presented at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, which was held in Chicago , Illinois, November 2nd, 1981.|
Legionnaires' disease (LEE-juh-nares) is caused by a type of bacteria called Legionella. The bacteria got its name in 1976, when many people who went to a Philadelphia convention of the American Legion suffered from an outbreak of this disease, a type of pneumonia (lung infection). Although this type of bacteria was around before1976, more illness from Legionnaires' disease is being detected now. This is because we are now looking for this disease whenever a patient has pneumonia.