Hot Tub Displays at State Fair Eyed as Link to Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak

The hot tub exhibits at a state fair might be to blame for North Carolina’s recent outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease and Pontiac fever, which sickened more than 100 people and killed at least one, health officials said.

Visitors to the N.C. Mountain State Fair who developed the lung infections were more likely to have walked past the hot tub displays inside the Davis Event Center, where several vendor displays were housed, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said in a news release on Thursday.

This article that comes from The New York Times written by Aimee Ortiz goes on to explain how health officials are advising anyone who attended the fair to go to their local health clinic to be checked for symptoms of the possibly fatal disease.

Officials have since returned to the centre to test the water samples found and the results are pending.“Legionella in one water sample is an important piece of the puzzle, but it does not tell us how so many people were exposed at this event,” Dr. Zack Moore, the state epidemiologist, said in the release.

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