Thursday, September 11, 2008


In early august legionnaires disease was found in elmira at the flannery apartments on elmira southside.Two people died and more were hospitalized.The disease is causing legal drama in elmira that wont end soon.

Legionnaires disease first named in 1976 when 1000s of american legionnaires gathered to celebrate the american bicentenial.100s of them became sick 34 died symptoms were like pneumonia.Most often people develop the disease after they inhale bacteria called legionella that flourish in large air conditioning systems,showers whirlpools,and even potting soil.Its unknown why some people become sick and some dont but the elderly and people with weak immune systems are at most risk.Most of the time antibiotics can cure it but some people continue to experience problems after treatment.

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