There has been the death of another person due to the outbreak of the Legionnaires’ disease. This is the fourth death since the outbreak took place and has been linked to a display of a hot tub at the state fair last month in North Carolina.
Close to 150 people who had attended the fair fell sick in addition to the four fatalities as per an update on Friday from the health and human services department in North Carolina. A minimum of 133 people had been diagnosed with the disease while there were eight others who had a milder form of this disease which is known as Pontiac Fever.
There were more than 94 people who had been hospitalized in the outbreak of North Carolina.
The fair had taken place between 6th of September and 15th of September and the health officials of state had said that most of the people who had got sick had walked by the hot tubs at the event during the fair’s second half.
Samples which were taken from the displayed hot tubs had tested negative for the bacteria which is associated with this disease. The bacteria are known as Legionella pneumophila. The health department of the state had noted that the environmental samples had not been collected until two or three weeks had passed after the end of the fair and might not be appropriate to judge the conditions while the festival had been going on.
One of the samples from the restroom used by women at the center had tested positive for the bacteria but the scientists have determined that the particular strain was different genetically than the patient’s strain.