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Outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease in Nursing Homes Cause for Concern

Several outbreaks of Legionnaires' Disease across the country, including in several nursing homes, are a reminder of the vulnerability of our elderly citizens and highlight the need for nursing homes to provide proper care and safety for their residents. Legionnaires' Disease is a potentially deadly form of pneumonia that can be spread through fountains, plumbing systems, hot tubs, and large air conditioning units, such as those found in hotels, office buildings, or nursing homes. The disease was first discovered by the CDC in 1976 at a Philadelphia convention of American Legionnaires, where 182 people contracted the disease, and 29 of them died.

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