7th NJ patient has Legionnaires' disease

September 26, 2008 1:47:31 PM PDT
A seventh patient has tested positive for Legionnaires' disease at a New Brunswick hospital.Two patients who contracted the disease at Saint Peter's University Hospital died in the last two weeks. Four others have tested positive for the disease, a type of pneumonia that can be fatal in the elderly or people with weakened immune systems.

A hospital spokeswoman says the latest patient had been discharged from Saint Peter's but returned to the hospital suffering from pneumonia.

The first patient died on Sept. 12. The second death occurred Monday, two days after the patient tested positive.

Legionnaires' disease got its name in 1976 when 29 people died after attending an American Legion convention in Philadelphia.

CLICK HERE for a CDC fact sheet on Legionnaires' disease.

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