| Oct 15, 2019
| Asheville Citizen Times – A disease outbreak linked to a North Carolina fair has claimed a third life, state health officials say.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said Monday that 140 cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been confirmed in 19 North Carolina counties and “multiple states” so far. It’s not immediately clear which states beyond North and South Carolina were affected.
Officials suspect but have not confirmed that a hot tub vendor display at the Mountain State Fair last month in Fletcher is the source of the deadly outbreak.
The first patient to die was a Buncombe County resident, Health and Human Services confirmed on Sept. 24 … Read more.
Oct. 10, 2019
Asheville Citizen Times – Officials have confirmed a second death in an outbreak of Legionella bacteria that has infected more than 100 people who attended a North Carolina fair last month.
Officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health confirmed 134 cases of Legionnaires’ disease or Pontiac Fever in people who attended the 2019 N.C. Mountain State Fair, which took place Sept. 6-15 at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center in Fletcher.
Eighty-eight people have been hospitalized.
“Legionnaires’ disease is a serious illness which can lead to complications and death, especially in older individuals or those with underlying conditions,” said Dr. Zack Moore, state epidemiologist.
While officials have not yet confirmed a source for the deadly bacteria, officials have pointed to a hot tub display as the most likely culprit.
Hot tubs are a well-established source of aerosolized water exposure and have been associated with previous Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks nationally and internationally. Read more.