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Pontiac Fever

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is Pontiac fever?

Pontiac fever is a flu-like condition caused by Legionella bacteria.

How do Legionella bacteria spread?

You may become infected when you breathe in steam or water droplets filled with Legionella bacteria. The bacteria grow in warm water and are more commonly found in the following:

What are the signs and symptoms of Pontiac fever?

How is Pontiac fever diagnosed?

Tell your healthcare provider if you have traveled recently or been in a hot tub or other water source. Tell him if you recently had pipes or plumbing repaired at work or in your home. The water sources at work or in your home may need to be tested. You may need any of the following:

How is Pontiac Fever treated?

Pontiac fever will often go away without treatment. You may be given antibiotic medicine to kill the Legionella bacteria.

How can I prevent Pontiac fever?

Have your air conditioning system, hot tub, or water tanks cleaned often. Ask which cleaning fluid you should use to kill Legionella bacteria.

Call your local emergency number (911 in US) if:

When should I call my doctor?

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