Legionella and waterborne outbreaks are increasing, warns CDC

Legionella pneumophila bacteria

A new report from the CDC provides an update on infections associated with drinking water in the U.S. from 2011-2012. During these two years, there were 32 outbreaks, causing at least 431 infections, with a quarter of them (102) requiring hospitalization, and 14 deaths. Legionella caused 21 (66 percent) of the outbreaks, 111 cases, most of the hospitalizations and all of the deaths.

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