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Legionnaires' outbreak in veterans' home worsens; 7 dead

Legionnaires' outbreak in veterans' home worsens; 7 dead

The number of fatalities at a downstate veterans home hit by an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease is now at seven, and officials said that figure could grow. A total of 39 residents of the Illinois Veterans' Home in Quincy have tested positive for Legionnaire's, with seven of them dying in the past week, officials with the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs and the state's Department of Public Health said Tuesday. The outbreak was first made public Thursday, when eight people had contacted the disease but no one had died. There were four fatalities as of early Monday, and three more people died between midday Monday and early Tuesday, officials said. Those...

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