Travel-associated infections caused by unusual serogroups of Legionella pneumophila identified using Legionella BIOCHIP slides in Turkey and Iraq

Kocazeybek B. S. , Yuksel P. , Keskin D., Sheikh S., Habip Z., Yavuzer S. S. , ...More

Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease, vol.14, no.3, pp.248-254, 2016 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 14 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.tmaid.2016.04.001
  • Title of Journal : Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease
  • Page Numbers: pp.248-254


Background: Although Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1 is the common disease causing serogroup, rare serogroups can also may cause legionellosis. A 54-year-old male patient (index case) reported that he had been on a religious trip (for visiting, tomb of Ali, which is important for Shias) to Iraq with a large group (50 shia pilgrims from Kars city of Turkey) two weeks prior to admission. Due to civil war, the hotel where the patient stayed in Iraq lacked proper hygiene. A large number of people in the travel group were experiencing the same symptoms. Other five cases were 2 males (ages; 50, 45) and 3 females including the wife of the index case (ages; 50, 28, 27).