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Legionella

The bacterium L. pneumophila was first identified in 1977, as the cause of an outbreak of severe pneumonia in a convention centre in the USA in 1976. It has since been associated with outbreaks linked to poorly maintained artificial water systems, particularly cooling towers or evaporative condensers associated with air conditioning and industrial cooling, hot and cold water systems in public and private buildings, and whirlpool spas.

 

Our monoclonal antibodies can be used in support of assay development and R&D into Legionella infection.

Legionella background

L. pneumophila is an opportunistic intracellular pathogen that was first recognised in a group of individuals, presenting with a lung infection, who had attended a convention in Philadelphia in 1976. It is the causative agent of a severe type of pneumonia referred to as Legionnaires’ disease. The symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease include shortness of breath, cough, headache, fever and muscle ache, which can occur 2 – 10 days after exposure. Complications associated with infection may result in death. L. pneumophila may also cause a mild form of disease known as Pontiac fever, which is self-limiting and doesn’t require hospitalisation (CDC). Both forms of the disease may also be referred to as Legionellosis.

Legionella Antibodies

We offer a pair of monoclonal antibodies specific for Legionella detection, suitable for use in immunoassay development.

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