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Fourth person dies from Legionnaires' disease in New York

Legionnaires' disease has claimed the life of a fourth person, New York City health officials said Saturday. A third fatality had been reported only the day before. The New York Department of Health said there had been 65 cases of Legionnaires' disease since July 10. Fifty-five people have been hospitalized, with 20 treated and discharged. Legionnaires' disease, a common strain of pneumonia, is caused by a bacteria called Legionella, which grows best in warm water commonly found in plumbing systems including hot tubs, water tanks, cooling towers and large air-conditioning systems.  Earlier this week, New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Mary...

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