Nosocomial and hospital-related infectionsHospital-acquired Legionnaires' disease: new developmentsStout, Janet E.; Yu, Victor L. Author Information The University of Pittsburgh and VA Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA Correspondence to Victor Yu MD, VA Medical Center, Infectious Disease Section, University Drive C, Pittsburgh, PA 15240, USA Tel: +1 412 688 6643; fax: +1 412 688 6950; e-mail: [email protected] Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases: August 2003 - Volume 16 - Issue 4 - p 337-341 Buy Abstract Purpose of review Hospital-acquired Legionnaires' disease is being increasingly discovered with the advent of rapid diagnostic techniques. This review examines both the clinical and political aspects of this important problem. Recent findings New sources are being recognized, including the water supply of pediatric hospitals, long-term care facilities, and rehabilitation centers. Concern by the public, unfavorable publicity and litigation are now emerging as hospital-acquired Legionnaires' disease is coming under scrutiny by the lay media. Summary Pro-active approaches to environmental detection and disinfection of hospital water systems are being demanded by public officials in place of the passive approach favored by many public health agencies. © 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.