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Legionnaire’s outbreak causes 1 death, 14 hospitalizations

September 21, 2018

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials say an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease around Sioux Falls has caused one death and has hospitalized 14 others.

The Department of Health has asked the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate the outbreak of Legionnaire’s, which is a type of pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacteria.

The Argus Leader says the confirmed cases have been reported in people who live or have traveled to Sioux Falls. All patients are between the ages of 36 and 80.

State epidemiologist Dr. Joshua Clayton says the CDC will help identify water sources that may contain the bacteria. Health officials say the state typically sees 8 to 15 Legionnaire’s cases each year. This year that number has climbed to 24 so far.

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Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com

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