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Ninth case of Legionnaires' disease reported

March 09, 2011
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DAYTON, OH — A ninth Miami Valley Hospital patient has tested positive for Legionnaires'' disease, according to the Dayton Daily News.

One patient with Legionnaires'' disease remains hospitalized for unrelated health reasons, the article noted.

A Montgomery County public health official has said one patient — a Dayton man in his 70s — died February 22, but the hospital said Legionella bacteria did not cause that death, the article stated.

According to the article, the hospital has not yet received confirmation that Legionella bacteria had been present in the water system of its new hospital addition, called the "patient tower."

The hospital instituted water restrictions in the patient tower for three days last month and disinfected the water system as a precaution, the article added.

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