Symptoms of pneumonia: fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, dry cough, chest pains, shortness of breath, vomiting, diarrhea, lungs filled with fluid and pus, confusion, disorientation, hallucinations, loss of memory. In 1976 peter turner, a world war 2 veteran attended the legion convention in philadelphia and was the first to get this disease in the hotel where he was for a convention. Legionnaires" disease effected 221 people and 33 died from pneumonia. Protective mechanisms that normally prevent aspiration are defective in older people, smokers and people with lung disease. 11,000 cases documented of legionnaires" disease in the us annually, and estimates of 100,000 with a fatality rate of 15% Outbreaks have been traced to water heaters, whirlpool baths, respiratory therapy equipment, an ultrasonic misters used in grocery stores. Toxic shock syndrome or tss is a gender specific disease. Mary benton, graduate student and english composition ta at usla was the first to get it.