Hospital reports patient death amid Legionnaires outbreak

GROVE CITY, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a patient has died amid an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in a recently opened central Ohio hospital.

Mount Carmel Health System says the patient who died Sunday was among the seven who had been diagnosed with the disease after being hospitalized at Mount Carmel Grove City. However, Dr. Richard Streck, chief clinical operations officer for the system, says it's too early to determine the final cause of death.

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Colorized photo of the legionella bacteria under microscope. 
Following steps played by Rouge Valley Centenary Hospital in recent legionnaires disease at Seven Oaks Home for the Aged. (Photo by Ron Bull/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
DROCOURT, FRANCE: Doctor Ramin Roboubi, chief of the Pneumology service at the Henin-Beaumont poly-clinic, looks at the x-ray of a patient suffering from Legionnaires' disease 31 December 2003. Twenty patients out of the 50 registered have been treated in this clinic. Ten are still hospitalized. (AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN)
Illustrated postcard shows the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, early 1900s. In 1976, the hotel was the site of the first outbreak of the previously unknown and deadly Legionnaires' disease. (Photo by Vintage Images/Getty Images)

Streck says the hospital is working with state and county health officials to identify the source of the bacteria. He says it is running tests, implementing water restrictions and doing supplemental disinfection of the water supply.

Streck advises patients who develop a cough, muscle aches, headaches, fever or shortness of breath after being hospitalized to contact their primary care physician.

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