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Medicina y Seguridad del Trabajo

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DORRONSORO DORRONSORO, Marta  y  VICENTE PARDO, José Manuel. Legionella pneumonia as an occupational disease: valuation methodology. Med. segur. trab. [online]. 2014, vol.60, n.235, pp.358-369. ISSN 1989-7790.

Legionella is a bacterial disease caused by Legionella pneumophila, an opportunistic pathogen to cause a disease that must be present in the place (reservoir), must reach sufficient numbers to cause infection (amplification) and must pass the environment on infection status (spread) sources of pollution that are most often associated with outbreaks are water supply installations and air conditioning systems (HVAC) of buildings as distribution channels for domestic hot water, hot springs center rehabilitation and recreation equipment and aerosol. The development of the disease depends on pathogen exposure, virulence and host immunity. The disease can be assumed as an occupational disease when their occurrence is linked to exposure to the pathogen, demonstrated its presence in the working environment and performing tasks that your infection is possible. This article about a case the steps for determining labor contingency of a disease caused by exposure to biological agents are set. Methods: We reviewed until May 2013 the following bibliographic databases: SciELO, and PUBMED. As the bibliography and reference documents cited in the same Conclusions: legionella pneumonia collapsible character both work-related occupational and environmental. Like any occupational disease, the difference is not in the signs or symptoms of the disease, which do not differ in legionella pneumonia or clinical or laboratory findings, or imaging tests as to the causal origin, be it environmental or entertainment or work practice, but their causal differential linked to the work assignment is defined by meeting legal requirements that give professional nature of this disease in our country. An occupational disease is social security a legal construct that is regulated by the standard is set, which defines the concept of occupational disease is none other than that referred to in art. TRLGSS 116 which defines occupational disease and the RD 1299/2006 establishing the list box or occupational disease, and the appropriate methodology for analyzing the cases where we have the basis for correct classification.

Palabras clave : pneumonia legionella; occupational disease; occupational hazard.

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