2 Dead And More Than A Hundred Infected By Dirty Hot Tub At NC State Fair [Details]

Legionnaires disease is on the rise, particularly in the southern states, with more reports coming in than before. The potentially fatal bacteria spread on surfaces and through the air, making it hard to control once an area has become contaminated. A display of hot tubs at the North Carolina Mountain State Fair is being blamed for well over 100 cases of Legionnaires’ disease that began popping up shortly after the event. In an update to a bulletin issued by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the startling statistics are laid bare. Thus far, a total of 134 confirmed cases have been tallied. All of the affected individuals attended the fair and presumably walked close enough to the hot tub display to breath in tiny droplets of water that had become airborne. 88 of the cases included hospitalization and two individuals have died as a result of their infections.[…]

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