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Legionnaires’ Disease Deadlier in Health Care Facilities

June 21, 2017
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People who acquire Legionnaires’ disease from a health care facility are more likely to die than those who acquire it somewhere else.

“While most cases of Legionnaires’ disease are not associated with health care facilities, 1 in 4 people who get the infection from a health care facility will die,” the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

The findings emphasize a new requirement from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that would require health care facilities to implement policies aimed toward reducing water-borne infections.

For more statistics about the effects of Legionella in health care facilities and to access the new federal measure on water management, click here.

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