Legionnaires' Disease

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Hot tub water that sprayed into the air likely caused an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease that killed four people in North Carolina last year, state health officials said Thursday.

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A new lawsuit alleges that hot tub displays and a poorly maintained water system were the source of a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at the Mountain State Fair last month. 

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A new case of Legionnaires' disease has been reported by a person who visited the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center -- the site of the Mountain State Fair -- after the fair ended, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday.

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A second person has died from Legionnaires' disease in an outbreak that originated at a hot tub display at the Mountain State Fair, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services confirmed Thursday.

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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday that hot tub displays at the Mountain State Fair in Western North Carolina are likely to blame for an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. Here's what we know so far:

Updated at 4:12 p.m. ET

Faced with an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease that has sickened 124 people and caused one death, North Carolina health officials say they've traced the source to a fair that was held last month. In particular, they say, people were more likely to develop the pneumonia-type disease if they walked past a hot tub display at the North Carolina Mountain State Fair.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina health officials say hot tub displays inside a building at a fair are likely to blame for an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease last month.

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FLETCHER, N.C.  — Confirmed cases in a Legionnaires' disease outbreak in western North Carolina have grown to over 50, but health officials still aren't sure whether the illness originated from this month's Mountain State Fair.

The Department of Health and Human Services says 53 laboratory-confirmed cases of the disease have been reported as of Thursday. One death was previously reported this week, and most of the patients have required hospitalization.