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Dozens under observation as Legionnaires' hits prison

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Dozens of San Quentin prisoners were under observation Saturday after an inmate was diagnosed with …

  • Historic hotel named source of deadly Legionnaires' outbreak Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — A historic hotel's rooftop air-conditioning unit is the source of a Legionnaires' disease outbreak that has killed 12 people and sickened more than 100 in the Bronx, the city's health commissioner said Thursday. More »

  • NYC names hotel as source of deadly Legionnaires' outbreak Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    A historic hotel's rooftop air-conditioning unit is the source of a Legionnaires' disease outbreak that has killed 12 people and sickened more than 100 in the Bronx, city Health Commissioner Mary Bassett ... More »

  • NYC mayor signs law to combat future Legionnaires' outbreaks Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed legislation aimed at preventing further outbreaks of deadly Legionnaires' disease. An outbreak that began last month killed 12 people in the Bronx and hospitalized ... More »

  • New York OKs statewide rules to fight Legionnaires' disease Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is now requiring the testing and inspection of building cooling towers across the state to combat Legionnaires' disease following an outbreak in New York City that killed 12 people, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday. More »

  • GlaxoSmithKline reopens plant where Legionnaires' found Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline says a North Carolina plant is reopening after the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease was discovered last week. Spokeswoman Marti Skold Jordan says the plant in Zebulon ... More »

  • GlaxoSmithKline to reopen plant where Legionnaires' found Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline plans to resume operations at a North Carolina plant that closed after discovery of bacteria that cause Legionnaires' disease, a potentially fatal form of pneumonia. GSK said ... More »

  • Glaxo: Meds from plant with Legionnaires' bacteria are safe
    Glaxo: Meds from plant with Legionnaires' bacteria are safe Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    ZEBULON, N.C. (AP) — The medications produced at a GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceutical plant are safe despite the decision to close the factory after the discovery of the bacteria that causes potentially fatal Legionnaires' disease, the company said Wednesday. More »

  • Most Legionnaires' deaths tied to spray from shower, faucet Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Most deaths from Legionnaires' disease are tied to hospital and nursing home showers, not outdoor cooling towers, new government figures released Thursday show. More »

  • Glaxo plant with Legionnaires' bacteria is quiet for 2nd day Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    All was quiet Wednesday at a GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceutical plant that was shut down after the drug maker discovered the bacteria that cause potentially fatal Legionnaires' disease in a cooling tower at ... More »

  • NYC mayor: Legionnaires' outbreak has claimed 12 lives
    NYC mayor: Legionnaires' outbreak has claimed 12 lives Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Two more people in the Bronx have died of Legionnaires' disease, bringing the total of fatalities to 12 in the largest outbreak of the disease in New York City history, officials said Monday. More »

  • Toll hits 12 in record NY Legionnaires' outbreak
    Toll hits 12 in record NY Legionnaires' outbreak Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    The death toll has risen to 12 from an unprecedented outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in New York that saw 113 people contract the form of pneumonia, officials said Monday. More »

  • Mayor De Blasio says bacteria outbreak has been contained
    Mayor De Blasio says bacteria outbreak has been contained Sun, Aug 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Five more buildings in the Bronx have tested positive for the bacteria that cause the potentially deadly Legionnaires' disease, though there is no sign that anyone has grown ill from the new sites, New York City officials said Saturday. More »

  • NY to deploy teams to help Legionnaires' outbreak testing Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — State health teams will deploy to the Bronx to help collect and test samples from cooling towers amid a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease as the number of those sickened grew by one to 101, officials said Friday. More »

  • Ten dead in record NY Legionnaires' outbreak
    Ten dead in record NY Legionnaires' outbreak Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    The death toll has risen to 10 in New York's record outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, out of a total of 101 people diagnosed with the form of pneumonia, authorities said Friday. More »

  • NY Legionnaires' Outbreak Highlights Nationwide Rise Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    A large outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in New York City has put the illness in the spotlight in recent weeks, but experts say the illness needs more attention in general, as cases have increased nationwide over the last decade. Since the outbreak was first reported, on July 10, 86 people in the South Bronx have been sickened with Legionnaires' disease, including seven who have died. The disease is a type of pneumonia caused by the bacteria Legionella, which live in watery environments. More »

  • NYC Legionnaires' outbreak up to 10 dead, 100 diagnosed Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The largest outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease in New York City has taken the lives of 10 people and health officials Thursday ordered cooling towers on buildings throughout the city tested for the bacteria that causes the illness. More »

  • New York City Outbreak: What Is Legionnaires' Disease? Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    At least seven people in New York City have died and 86 have been infected in an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. In addition, most people who do get Legionnaires' can be treated with antibiotics. From its source to its treatment, here are some of the most important things to know about the disease and the current outbreak. More »

  • New York City Outbreak: What Is Legionnaire's Disease? Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    At least seven people in New York City have died and 86 have been infected in an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. In addition, most people who do get Legionnaires' can be treated with antibiotics. From its source to its treatment, here are some of the most important things to know about the disease and the current outbreak. More »

  • Death toll in New York Legionnaires' outbreak hits eight
    Death toll in New York Legionnaires' outbreak hits eight Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    The death toll in New York's outbreak of Legionnaires' disease has risen to eight, out of a total of 97 cases of infection, city authorities said. More »

  • NYC targets cooling systems linked to Legionnaires' outbreak
    NYC targets cooling systems linked to Legionnaires' outbreak Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Lawmakers are rushing to draft New York's first regulations for a type of heavy-duty rooftop air conditioning equipment amid suspicions that bacteria-laden mist from these units could be the cause of the deadliest known outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the city's history. More »

  • New York's largest Legionnaires outbreak kills seven
    New York's largest Legionnaires outbreak kills seven Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    New York's largest recorded outbreak of Legionnaires' disease has killed seven people and infected 86 others, as the city moved Tuesday to draw up new legislation to halt future outbreaks. More »

  • Bronx Legionnaires' disease outbreak: Death toll reaches 7 with 81 diag …
    Bronx Legionnaires' disease outbreak: Death toll reaches 7 with 81 diag … Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    The death toll from the outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in New York has risen to seven, health officials have confirmed. New York City health authorities also said that 81 people have now been diagnosed with the disease, with 64 of these requiring hospitalisation. The outbreak in the South Bronx is believed to have originated in cooling towers. More »

  • Four people dead from Legionnaires' disease in New York
    Four people dead from Legionnaires' disease in New York Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Four people have died from Legionnaires' disease in New York since mid-July and another 55 are currently hospitalized, city health officials said Monday. More »

  • Romania bans Holocaust denial, fascist symbols Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president has signed into law legislation that punishes Holocaust denial and the promotion of the fascist Legionnaires' Movement with prison sentences of up to three years. More »

  • Washington motel closes after possible Legionnaires' report Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    LACEY, Wash. (AP) — Thurston County health officials say a Super 8 Motel in Lacey has voluntarily closed while officials investigate a possible outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. More »

  • Troops shore up security in edgy Paris
    Troops shore up security in edgy Paris Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    Troops marching through Jewish districts and foreign legionnaires patrolling grimly under the arches of the Eiffel Tower -- Paris is witnessing a rare deployment of armed forces on home soil after last week's terror attacks. More »

  • Infant Born in Water Dies of Legionella Infection
    Infant Born in Water Dies of Legionella Infection Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    An infant in Texas died from Legionnaires' disease few weeks after being born in a heated birthing pool at home, according to a new report from investigators at the Texas Department of State Health Services. More »

  • Portugal traces deadly Legionnaires' outbreak to cooling towers Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    LISBON (Reuters) - Portuguese authorities said on Tuesday cooling towers at a fertiliser plant were the likely source of an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease that has killed five people and infected over 200, making it one of the world's largest ever outbreaks. Environment Minister Jorge Moreira da Silva told reporters all cooling towers in the affected area near Lisbon had been shut since Sunday to bring the flare-up under control. Health Minister Paulo Macedo said the detection of new cases was decelerating, but there will be more in the coming days. ... More »

  • Legionnaires' outbreak kills 4 in Portugal, over 160 ill Mon, Nov 10, 2014

    LISBON (Reuters) - An outbreak of Legionnaires' disease has killed at least four people just outside the Portuguese capital Lisbon and left dozens hospitalised, with the source of the outbreak yet to be found, authorities said on Monday. The Health Ministry said 160 people had been diagnosed with the bacteria-borne disease, a severe form of pneumonia. Two dozen were in intensive care in various hospitals. Four parishes in the district of Vila Franca de Xira, about 25 km (16 miles) northeast of Lisbon, had the greatest concentration of the cases. ... More »

  • Expectant Mothers Warned Against Birthing Pools After Baby Gets Legionnaires' …
    Expectant Mothers Warned Against Birthing Pools After Baby Gets Legionnaires' … Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    Expectant mothers have been warned against using home birthing pools after a baby was diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease caught from bacteria in the water. The baby is now in a critical condition and is receiving intensive care in hospital, Public Health England said. PHE and the NHS England has advised against all home birthing pools with built in heaters and recirculation pumps after samples from the baby's pool confirmed the presence of the legionella bacteria. Heated birthing pools are used at home and are filled with water before an expectant mother's due date, sometimes weeks in advance. More »

  • Pneumonia Bacteria May Lurk in Windshield Washer Fluid Tue, May 20, 2014

    The bacterium that causes Legionnaires' disease — an uncommon kind of pneumonia that can be deadly — can grow in the windshield washer fluid that's used in cars, a new study suggests. In the study, researchers found that the bacterium Legionella, normally found in freshwater, can survive in car windshield washer fluids and grow in washer-fluid reservoirs. "Washer-fluid spray can release potentially dangerous numbers of these bacteria into the air," study author Otto Schwake, a doctoral student at Arizona State University, said in a statement. Prior to the study, it was known that the bacteria could be present in the mist from air conditioners, hot tubs and showers, among other sources, but scientists hadn't investigated whether the bacteria could live in washer fluid. More »

  • Latvians honor Nazi allies from World War II
    Latvians honor Nazi allies from World War II Sun, Mar 16, 2014

    RIGA, Latvia (AP) — About 1,500 Latvians on Sunday celebrated Legionnaires Day — which their government abolished in 2000 — by paying tribute to World War II veterans who fought alongside Nazi troops. More »

  • Latvians honor Nazi allies from WWII Sun, Mar 16, 2014

    RIGA, Latvia (AP) — Hundreds of Latvians have celebrated Legionnaires Day — which their government abolished in 2000 — by paying tribute to World War II veterans who fought alongside Nazi troops. More »

  • Legionnaires Patient Dies: Test Results Due
    Legionnaires Patient Dies: Test Results Due Sun, Jul 29, 2012

    Health officials are awaiting test results following the death of a patient affected by a Legionnaires outbreak. More »

  • Legionnaires': Legal Action And Second Death
    Legionnaires': Legal Action And Second Death Fri, Jun 15, 2012

    Five people are taking legal action over an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Edinburgh, it has been reported. More »