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Thousands may have been exposed to Legionnaires' disease

March 15, 2010
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CUDAHY, WI — Thousands of people may have been exposed to Legionnaires'' disease at Aurora St. Luke''s South Shore hospital last month, according to TMJ4-TV.

According to the story, eight people have been officially diagnosed with the disease, which presents symptoms similar to pneumonia, and hospital officials have been making phone calls searching for others who may have been exposed.

Carol Wantuch, Cudahy''s health officer, said: "I''m sure we''re going to be getting more cases."
Two of the eight people diagnosed are still hospitalized with the disease that, although easily treatable, can be deadly if not caught early, the story stated.
Wantuch feels that the hospital is now safe after the facility was thoroughly cleaned by workers and that officials are close to determining the source of the disease, the story stated.
Symptoms include a high fever, cough and difficulty breathing, the story added.
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