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Legionnaires’ disease, once ‘the greatest epidemiological puzzle of the century,’ kills four in N.Y.
The Washington Post

Four decades ago it was one of medicine’s greatest mysteries, devastating a group of convention goers with shocking speed and leaving scientists scratching their heads about its cause.

Now Legionnaires’ disease is back in the news, having killed four and sickened more than five dozen others in New York, with more diagnoses likely on the way.

Jay Varma, deputy commissioner for disease control in the city’s health department, told the Associated Press that disease-causing bacteria have been found in five cooling towers around the South Bronx. People who inhaled contaminated water droplets or vapor from the towers before they were cleaned are still at risk for infection, he said.