Each week, we identify one top search term, speculate as to what caused its popularity, and provide an infographic on a related condition. If you have thoughts about what's trending and why, feel free to share them with us on Twitter or Facebook!
Clinical Trend of the Week (November 25 – December 1): Legionnaires Disease
News from both coasts of America resulted in this week’s top search term. In Anaheim, Disneyland shut down two separate cooling towers after health officials linked them to 12 cases of Legionnaires disease. The individuals who developed the illness ranged in age from 52-94 years; one patient with “additional health issues” died. Meanwhile, the health department in New York City recently confirmed 12 cases of Legionnaires disease. Most affected individuals had underlying health concerns, and no patients have died thus far. The New York City Health Department is currently investigating the source of the infections, beginning with sampling water from all cooling tower systems in the area. Approximately 8,000-18,000 cases of Legionnaires disease occur in the United States each year. With outbreaks in the news, searches for symptoms related to the condition and treatment options resulted in this week’s top term.
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Cite this: Ryan Syrek. Clinical Trends for November 2017 - Medscape - Dec 01, 2017.