A new report on drinking water found 42 outbreaks caused by water-associated diseases were reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2013-2014, CNN reports.
These outbreaks led to more than 1,000 cases of illness, 124 hospitalizations, and 13 deaths in 19 U.S. states, according to reports issued last week by the CDC. Legionella bacteria caused 57 percent of the outbreaks, 88 percent of the hospitalizations, and all of the deaths.
In comparison, 32 outbreaks caused by waterborne pathogens were reported from 2011-2012. Officials say the outbreak increase may be linked to an increase in pathogens, better reporting, or states’ increased capacity to perform water surveillance.