Legionnaires' disease cases surged by five-fold in a decade, report finds

Mail Online | 8/14/2019 | Associated Press
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Top US science experts are calling for stronger policies to combat the growing Legionnaires' disease problem.

In a report released Wednesday, the experts said annual cases of Legionnaires' jumped more than five-fold from 2000 to 2017, and that as many as 70,000 Americans get the disease every year.

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Each year there are abut 20 outbreaks in the US, and an Atlanta hotel where an estimated 75 fell ill and one died this month has become the state's largest outbreak ever.

Yet there is no official protocol for prevention.

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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine are urging Americans to implementing practices like closer monitoring for water heating and cooling to keep track of possible breeding ground for the disease.

Legionnaires' is caused by bacteria that can thrive in buildings with large water systems.

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Between 8,000 and 18,000 people are hospitalized amid outbreaks are reported...
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