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Legionnaires’ Disease: Building a Better World for You (July 2018)


The emergent or newly reemerging disease model often relies on poverty as a contributing factor in the transmission of infectious diseases. But as Andrew Price-Smith has argued, affluence can also be a factor in the enhanced transmission of infection. Legionnaires’ disease, first identified in 1976 as the cause of a novel disease outbreak in Philadelphia, fits the model of such a disease of affluence. The Legionella bacteria readily finds niches in the equipment and systems of the modern-built environment designed to deliver and store fresh water for the comfort of its inhabitants. Ubiquitous in freshwater sources around the world, the built environment constitutes a “better” world for Legionella population increase and is likely to facilitate expanding outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease.

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Authors & Contributors
Honigsbaum, Mark
Amsterdamska, Olga
Hatzfeld, Nicolas
McKenna, Maryn
Little, Lester K.
Cornwall, Claudia
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Histoire & Mesure
Past and Present
Journal of West African History
Free Press
Rowman & Littlefield
Harvard University
Duke University Press
Palgrave Macmillan
Disease and diseases
Public health
Disease ecology
Greenwood, Major
Finlay, Carlos Juan
Dubos, René Jules
Ratcliffe, Francis
Fenner, Frank
Snow, John
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
20th century
20th century, early
19th century
United States
Great Britain
Costa Rica (Caribbean)
Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research

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