Health officials in North Carolina say a fourth person died of Legionnaires' disease. The NC Ministry of Health and Human Resources issued a statement announcing that the Public Health Department has endorsed 141 cases involving residents from counties and several states. In addition to the deaths, 94 people were hospitalized.
Local health authority information showed that most patients attended the NC Mountain State Fair, which took place September 6-15 at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center in Fletcher. According to official sources, those diagnosed with the disease may have passed the spa's displays.
On Thursday, the DHHS reported a case of legionaries to a person who did not attend the show, but instead went to the Agricultural Center for a quilt show.
Legionnaire's disease is a serious form of pneumonia. People become ill when they inhale microscopic water droplets containing the Legionella bacteria. It is not contagious. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 1
Officials have not identified any of the people who died of the disease, but CBS affiliate WSPA reported earlier this month that a woman died after her obituary died of Legionnaires' disease, and her family said she had the NC Mountain State Fair attended before she was hospitalized.
This is at least the second major outbreak of legionnaires in the last two months. In August, a widespread outbreak of the disease killed a person and potentially ill dozens of others who.