Disease/Syndrome

Pontiac fever

Category

Acute Poisoning

Acute/Chronic

Acute-Moderate

Biomedical References

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Comments

Symptoms: flu-like illness; Signs: leukocytosis is common; normal chest x-ray; Onset after exposure: 5 hours to less than 3 days; Heavy exposure to: bioaerosols containing the bacterium, Legionella pneumophila; Resolution: one to five days; Comments: Legionnaires' disease is also caused by Legionella pneumophila. In contrast to Legionnaires' disease, the attack rate for Pontiac fever is high (95-100 %), the incubation period is short (5 to 66 hours), and the illness is benign and self-limited (resolution in 1 to 5 days). [Rom, p. 408]

Latency/Incubation

5 hours to 3 days

Diagnostic

Clinical

ICD-9 Code

495.9

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