L. pneumophila infection can cause Legionnaire´s disease, a severe form of pneumonia. The symptoms of Legionnaire's disease include confusion, headache, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, fever, chills and myalgia as well as a non-productive cough. Pontiac fever is a non-pneumonic form of L. pneumophila infection. Symptoms are flu-like, including fever, tiredness, myalgia, headache, sore throat, nausea and cough may or may not be present. Pontiac fever is self limited and requires no hospitalization or antibiotic therapies.
AmpliSens® Legionella pneumophila-FRT PCR kits are in vitro nucleic acid amplification tests for the qualitative detection of L. pneumophila DNA in the clinical materials (sputum or aspirate from the trachea, nasopharyngeal swabs, throat swabs, bronchi scourage or bronchoalveolar lavage, autopsy material), microorganism cultures and qualitative detection and also quantitation of L. pneumophila DNA in environmental samples (water, washes from environmental objects, biofilms scrapes, ground).