Official: Florence illnesses no reason for change

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — A
state health official say there is no need for the public to alter its
daily activities after an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease in Florence.

Assistant
State Health Officer Karen Landers made the comment Tuesday after
positive cultures for Legionella bacteria were found at two cooling
towers at Regency Square Mall and one cooling tower at the Southwire
manufacturing plant in Florence. She said the cooling towers have been
turned off and the public can continue routine activities, including
shopping.

Mall spokesman James Hull said the towers have been sterilized and will be retested before being reactivated.

Health
officials also reduced the number of confirmed cases of Legionnaire's
disease in the Florence outbreak from 15 to 14. A spokesman said one
person who became ill had not been to Florence.

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