In Bacteriology, ELISA, Respiratory infections

The new assay RIDASCREEN ® Legionella of R-Biopharm closes the gap in test portfolio for the detection of life-threatening infectious diseases.

Fast and reliable detection of Legionella

The ELISA RIDASCREEN ® Legionella enables fast and reliable detection of Legionella as part of the differential diagnosis of severe pneumonia such as legionellosis, also known as Legionnaires’ disease. Legionella related pneumonia can be detected with the test.

Lung diseases caused by Legionella

Usually two forms of lung diseases caused by Legionella are distinguished:

Legionnaires’ disease, or Legionella pneumonia  is a very severe form of pneumonia. In the course of the disease chest and head aches develop as well as coughs and chills and high fever of 39 ° C to 40.5 ° C. It can also lead to dizziness and severe states of confusion. Occasionally, abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting can occur. Pneumonia can takes about 4 weeks to heal. It can be fatal in about one in ten patients.

Although the Pontiac fever occurs more often than the Legionella pneumonia, the course of the disease is much milder and without pneumonia. It begins with flu-like symptoms such as fever, malaise, headache and body aches, chest pain and coughing are also possible. The disease usually heals by itself within 2 to 5 days. Aftereffects and deaths are not described.


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