Isolation and serotyping of Legionella pneumophila from Goreangab Dam and hostel shower heads in Namibia


Kazhila C. Chinsembu*, Hilaria Hakwenye and Jean-Damascène Uzabakiriho

This is the first report of Legionella pneumophila serotypes in Namibia. Using modified buffered charcoal extract agar selective medium, L. pneumophila was isolated from Goreangab Dam water and University of Namibia (UNAM) student hostel shower heads. Latex agglutination tests showed that L. pneumophila serotypes 1 - 15 were present in Goreangab Dam water and serotypes 2 - 15 were present in blocks A and B of the UNAM old hostel shower heads. Further studies are needed to help understand L. pneumophila ecology and risk of human infection in Namibia. 

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