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Legionnaires 'disease during a fair: Multiple cases of legionnaires' disease reported at the N.C. State Fair





FLETCHER, NC (AP) ̵

1; Health departments in two counties in North Carolina are reviewing multiple Legionnaires' disease cases in NC Mountain State Fair.

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The NC Department of Health and Human Services said on Tuesday that it was working with the Buncombe and Henderson County Health Departments to find additional information.

Buncombe County Medical Director Jennifer Mullendor said nine legionnaires' illnesses were reported by local health professionals late last week, our ABC affiliate reported to WLOS. One person has died.

Legionella bacteria can become a health concern when they are grown and distributed in human-created aquatic systems, such as hot water tanks, air-conditioning systems, and other sources that are not properly maintained.

State epidemiologist Dr. Zack Moore said it is not yet known if people attending the fair may have been exposed to Legionella bacteria. Moore says people who attended the fair and have a cough, fever or shortness of breath should call their doctor immediately.


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