Journal article

Legionnaires' disease as an occupational risk related to decontamination work after the Fukushima nuclear disaster: A case report.

Toyoaki Sawano, Masaharu Tsubokura, Akihiko Ozaki, Claire Leppold, Shigeaki Kato, Toshiyuki Kambe

Journal of Occupational Health | Wiley | Published : 2018

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Legionnaires' disease (LD), which is atypical pneumonia with a broad variety of clinical symptoms, can lead to death despite its low incidence. There are multiple risk factors for LD, yet little information is available concerning what kind of environmental factors are linked to higher risk of LD development. We have experienced a fatal case of LD, which occurred in a decontamination worker after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. CASE: A 53-year-old Japanese male visited our hospital with symptoms of fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and altered mental status, but not with respiratory manifestations. He was engaged in decontamination work, which generally includes operations such as the r..

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