The burden of legionnaires' disease in Belgium, 2013 to 2017.

Last updated on 13-1-2022 by Dieter Van Cauteren

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Background: Legionnaires’ disease (LD) is a severe bacterial infection causing pneumonia. Surveillance commonly underestimates the true incidence as not all cases are laboratory confirmed and reported to public health authorities. The aim of this study was to present indicators for the impact of LD in Belgium between 2013 and 2017 and to estimate its true burden in the Belgian population in 2017, the most recent year for which the necessary data were available. Methods: Belgian hospital discharge data, data from three infectious disease surveillance systems (mandatory notification, senti…

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