Legionnaires’ Disease Cases in Montreal, Could Go Undiagnosed Due to COVID-19

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Legionnaires’ disease has COVID-19 commonalities and may be overlooked during these times. But, new cases of the disease have emerged in Montreal in the last few weeks.

Doctors are asked to be on the lookout for legionnaires’ disease, which can cause pneumonia.

Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia — lung inflammation usually caused by infection. It’s caused by a bacterium known as legionella.

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As health care providers focused mainly on COVID-19 over the last few months, some cases of legionnaires’ may have gone undiagnosed.

So far, there is no link between the seven cases discovered in southwest Montreal and investigations haven’t revealed any common source.

In Montreal, there were 56 legionnaires’ disease cases detected in 2019.