Legionnaire's disease from NC fair kills another

Legionnaire's disease from NC fair kills another

Health officials are investigating possible cases of Legionnaires' disease at McLaren Macomb Hospital. The family has hired the attorneys who represented victims of an Atlanta outbreak.

Legionella bacteria are found naturally in the environment but can become a health concern when they "spread in human-made water systems like hot water tanks, cooling towers of air conditioning systems, decorative fountains and hot tubs or spas that are not properly maintained", North Carolina health officials have said.

The majority of cases in this outbreak (116) are the Legionnaires' kind. The department says the cases are connected to people who attended the Mountain State Fair last month in Fletcher. Eighty-one people have been hospitalized, and at least one death has been reported.

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Preliminary findings suggest that exposure to the Legionella bacteria came in the Davis Event Center near the hot tubs during the final five days of the fair in Fletcher, North Carolina, on September 6-15.

State and county health officials are working together to identify a source and figure out of the cases are linked at all. State Epidemiologist Dr. Zack Moore told reporters during a phone conference that fairgoers who were diagnosed were much more likely to report being in the Davis Event Center - an indoor facility. Environmental testing has identified the bacteria in a water sample at the location. "To get Legionnaires' disease or Pontiac fever, you have to breathe in Legionella in aerosolized water, meaning small droplets like mists or vapors". Results are still pending from other samples taken in the investigation.

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