Another person died following an outbreak of legionnaires in North Carolina, health officials said late last week.
The death of a fourth person due to the outbreak – possibly in connection with a display of a hot tub at the North Carolina Mountain State Fair, which took place from 6 to 15 September at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center in Fletcher, has been updated Interim report released Friday by officials from the Department of Health of North Carolina.
Outbreak of legionnaire's disease in connection with the North Carolina State Fair kills third person: Officials
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Residents of North Carolina and other states. 94 people or about 69 percent were hospitalized because of the outbreak.
Possible sources include a whirlpool display at the Davis Event Center at the show and a cooling fan outside the center identified by legionella bacteria. In an October 3 update, health officials said that patients are more likely to say they've passed the hot tub than those who were not.
In their report from Friday, health officials from North Carolina gave a water sample from The Women's Toilet at the Davis Event Center was tested positive for Legionella pneumophila. However, the sample was "genetically different" than clinical samples taken from those affected by the outbreak.
"It is important to note that environmental samples were taken only 12 to 22 days after the end of the mountain, and may not constitute conditions during the fair," officials said, adding that tests are currently being conducted.
Legionnaire's disease is a serious form of pneumonia. People get sick with the inhalation of Legionella bacteria; It is not disseminated through personal contact. According to the Mayo Clinic, the bacterium Legionella pneumophila is usually the cause of the disease. It can be found in the soil and in the water, but more commonly causes infection when it multiplies in water systems (eg, whirlpools and air conditioners). 19659004] The disease is treatable with antibiotics and those who are ill usually recover completely. Symptoms often include fever, chills, coughing and shortness of breath.
The news comes after health officials in Georgia responded to a massive outbreak of legionnaires in connection with a hotel in Atlanta last August. At the time, a state health official told Fox News that the Legionella outbreak was the largest ever recorded in the state.