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Treatment & Complications

Español: Tratamiento y complicaciones


Elderly woman sick in bed

Legionnaires' disease requires treatment with antibiotics (drugs that kill bacteria in the body), and most cases of Legionnaires' disease can be treated successfully with antibiotics. Healthy people usually get better after being sick with Legionnaires' disease, but hospitalization is often required. Pontiac fever goes away without specific treatment. Antibiotics provide no benefit for a patient with Pontiac fever.

Possible Complications

  • Lung failure
  • Death (5-30%)