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North Carolina confirms 2nd death from Legionnaires' disease

12 October 2019

State Health officials say there are now more than 130 confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease tied to last month's Mountain State Fair in Fletcher.

The state Division of Public Health was alerted to a sudden spike in Legionnaire's disease cases in Buncombe and Henderson counties about a week after the fair ended.

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Meantime, State Health officials are still investigating the source, but say early findings show most confirmed cases entered the Davis Event Center and walked by hot tub displays. The bacteria are naturally occurring in fresh water, and the organisms can multiply in man-made water systems. Authorities say they have confirmed 134 cases of Legionnaires' disease among people who attended the fair on Fletcher, NC between September 6 and September 15, CNN reports.

Legionnaires' disease can be treated with antibiotics, but about 1 in 10 people who get sick from the disease die, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Officials are working on trying to identify whether or not all the cases are linked or not.

In a news release, the NC Department of Health and Human Services also said 88 people have been hospitalized as a result of the illness. The event center housed many vendors during the fair, including those for hot tubs. "To get Legionnaires' disease or Pontiac fever, you have to breathe in Legionella in aerosolized water, meaning small droplets like mists or vapors". One sample taken from the sink in a ladies room at center turned up positive. Testing identified Legionella bacteria in at least one water sample taken from the Davis Event Center.

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North Carolina confirms 2nd death from Legionnaires' disease