|Description:||This image depicts the façade of the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was at this hotel where the 1976 disease outbreak occurred that would later be given the name of Legionnaires’ disease, a disease primarily of the respiratory tract leading to pneumonia, as well as other symptoms, caused by the bacterium, Legionella pneumophila.|
Legionnaires' disease 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.