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A severe case of Legionnaire’s Disease connected with the BBC outbreak in 1988
  1. Surgeon Lieutenant Commander N. C. G. Richards, MB BS DIH DROCG MRCGP RN and
  2. Squadron Leader K. P. McKinley, MB BS MRCS MRCP RAF


On 1 May 1988 a senior Naval Officer, serving at HMS Warrior, was admitted to RAF Halton where a diagnosis of Legionnaire’s disease was made. He suffered severe pneumonia and neurological symptoms, and although he eventually responded to treatment, he still suffers sequelae. On 19 April, he was in the vicinity of the BBC at the time of the outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease. His clinical findings are reported in this article along with a brief history and discussion of the diagnosis and prevention of Legionnaire’s disease.

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