Focus: Infection Control

New factor that can influence spread of legionella found

May 29, 2019

A team of researchers has discovered the presence of other bacteria can significantly influence the proliferation and spread of Legionella, according to an article on the Infection Control Today website.

In numerous experiments, researchers were able to prove that Legionella can proliferate less efficiently in amoebae if they contain endosymbionts.

Endosymbionts of amoebae can be a decisive factor for the proliferation and spread of Legionella not only under laboratory conditions, but probably also in the environment. 

This is particularly important because most amoebae carry bacterial symbionts under natural conditions, the article said.

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