Legionnaires’ Legacy: The 1976 Epidemic in Philadelphia that Changed Public Health

It wasn’t until this epidemic that a new species of bacteria causing flu-like symptoms and pneumonia was discovered.

René F. Najera, MPH, DrPH
Microbial Instincts
4 min readApr 29, 2023

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Legionella pneumophila bacteria (via CDC Public Health Image Library)

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René F. Najera, MPH, DrPH
Microbial Instincts

DrPH in Epidemiology. Associate/JHBSPH. Adjunct/GMU. Epidemiologist. Father. Husband. (He/Him/His/El)