Legionnaires’ disease is named after 1976 outbreak in Philadelphia that sickened 221 people and killed 34. More often striking adults over the age of 50, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported two cases where newborns contracted the often fatal disease — at their moment of birth.

Caused by the Legionella bacteria, Legionnaires’ disease is a severe respiratory infection that afflicts approximately 6,000 Americans per year. About one in every ten people diagnosed will die of the infection. Because its symptoms mimic those of other respiratory infections, the CDC… more


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