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Legionella Testing

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Also known as: Legionella pneumophila; Legionnaires Disease Testing
Formal name: Legionella Antigen, urine; Legionella Culture; Legionella by PCR

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At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To detect and diagnose Legionella bacteria as the cause of pneumonia or flu-like symptoms; to investigate an outbreak caused by Legionella

When to Get Tested?

When you have a cough, body aches, shortness of breath, headache, and fever with chills, and may have abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, and/or mental changes that a healthcare provider suspects may be due to an infection caused by Legionella

Sample Required?

A urine sample, a sputum sample, and/or respiratory secretions or other body fluids collected by a health practitioner

Test Preparation Needed?