RODNEY W. CONNER, M.D.; DAVID N. GILBERT, M.D.
To the editor: After reviewing the recently published proceedings of the International Symposium on Legionnaires' Disease in the April 1979 issue, we thought readers of your journal might be interested in our attempt to produce Legionnaires' disease in susceptible guinea pigs by contaminating their drinking water. Several observations reported in the symposium supported the hypothesis that some cases of Legionnaires' disease could result from ingestion of water containing Legionella pneumophila.
Legionella pneumophila has been isolated from surface water and can survive in tap water for as long as a year (1, 2). Legionella pneumophila is relatively resistant, in vitro, to
CONNER RW, GILBERT DN. Legionella pneumophila in Drinking Water of Guinea Pigs. Ann Intern Med. ;91:323. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-91-2-323_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1979;91(2):323.
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