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4th Legionnaires' Disease Death Reported in North Carolina

Officials have said those who were diagnosed with the disease may have walked by hot tub displays at the NC Mountain State Fair

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    Under a magnification of 43,700X, this transmission electron micrograph (TEM) created from a whole preparation of Legionella pneumophila bacteria that had been negatively stained using uranyl acetate, and grown on bacteriologic medium, reveals L. pneumophila organisms reproducing, undergoing the process of cell division, as well as delineating the bacterium's outer envelope. Legionnaires' disease can have symptoms like many other forms of pneumonia, so it can be hard to diagnose.

    North Carolina health officials say a fourth person has died from Legionnaires' disease.

    The N.C. Department of Health and Human Resources said in a statement on Friday that its Division of Public Health has confirmed 141 cases involving residents from counties and multiple states. In addition to the deaths, 94 people were hospitalized.

    Information gathered by local health officials showed that most patients attended the NC Mountain State Fair, which ran from Sept. 6-15 at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center in Fletcher.

    Officials have said those who were diagnosed with the disease may have walked by the hot tub displays.

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    On Thursday, DHHS reported a case of Legionnaires' in a person who didn't attend the fair, but instead went to the Agricultural Center for a quilt show.