Legionnaires' disease: concentrations of selenium and other elements

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Science  21 Dec 1979:
Vol. 206, Issue 4425, pp. 1426-1427
DOI: 10.1126/science.505018


Selenium concentrations in the serums of 17 acutely ill Legionnaires' disease patients were significantly lower than in their matching convalescent-phase serums. This trend was not observed in ten similarly paired samples of serum from control patients with pneumonia. There were no significant differences in the concentrations of nickel, copper, bromine, rubidium, lead, barium, or titanium in the serums of Legionnaires' disease and control patients.