Tainted Water

Poor water system management likely caused 85% of Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks in US health care facilities in 2015, says a new CDC study. The severe lung infection is caused by breathing bacteria-infested water droplets.
Researchers looked at data from 20 states and 1 large metro area. Among confirmed cases of the disease, 3% were in people who had been hospitalized or in a long-term care facility for 10 days before their symptoms arose. 17% were in people who had had any exposure to a health care facility in the 10 days before becoming symptomatic. 25% of people in the first group died.
Source: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (CDC)

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