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Treatment and Complications

Español: Tratamiento y complicaciones

Legionnaires’ Disease

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. Healthy people usually get better after being sick with Legionnaires' disease, but they often need care in the hospital.

Possible complications of Legionnaires’ disease include

  • Lung failure
  • Death

It is estimated that for every 20 people who get sick with Legionnaires’ disease, between 1 and 6 will die due to complications from their illness.

Pontiac Fever

Pontiac fever goes away without specific treatment. Antibiotics provide no benefit for someone with Pontiac fever.