Officials Investigate San Antonio Disease Outbreak

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Health officials are investigating the recent diagnosis of ten cases of Legionnaires' disease in the San Antonio area. They want to know whether the cases share a common source.

The ten cases were diagnosed within the past two months at two hospitals on San Antonio's north side.

Two of the ten patients have died, although one death involved a patient suffering from advanced colon and lung cancer. The youngest
of the patients was 50 years old, and all had some medical condition that weakened their immune system.

Legionnaires' disease is a bacterial pneumonia that is fatal in about a third of cases. Healthy people generally are not at risk.

The disease is spread by inhaling contaminated droplets from sources such as shower heads, hot tubs or patio mist sprayers. The bacteria is also found in nature.

Doctor Sandra Guerra-Cantu of the Texas Department of State Health Services says it's possible that the ten cases are not related.


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