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Legionnaire's Disease

Previously undiscovered bacteria killed 29 people in 1976

Legionnaire's Disease was the cause of 29 deaths and more than 200 illnesses at an American Legion convention at The Bellevue in Philadelphia in July, 1976. The previously unknown bacteria was officially identified in January, 1977, and was named Legionella. The disease afflicts more than 1,200 people annually in the United States and strains have also been discovered in Great Britain, France and parts of Africa. About 25% of those diagnosed with the disease die.

Submitted By:  Mark McClellan


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