Alabama up to 15 cases in Legionnaires’ outbreak

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) —
Alabama health officials say they've confirmed 15 cases of Legionnaires'
disease in Florence, and positive cultures for Legionella bacteria have
been found in three cooling towers in the northwest Alabama city.

The
assistant state health officer, Dr. Karen Landers, said Monday the 15
confirmed cases include one death. She said test results are pending on
10 others. All the cases have been associated with residents and
visitors at Glenwood Nursing Home.

Landers said positive cultures
for the bacteria came from two cooling towers at Regency Square Mall and
one cooling tower at Southwire. The towers have been turned off and
will be cleaned. She said testing will determine if there is a link
between the cooling towers and the nursing home outbreak.

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