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UK: Seven treated for Legionnaires’ disease

Wednesday, July 25, 2012    

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LONDON, England (AP) — British health officials say seven people are being treated for Legionnaires' disease after an outbreak in central England.

The Health Protection Agency says five males and one female, aged from their late 40s to 75 years old, are receiving treatment at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, in Stoke-on-Trent.

The agency said yesterday that two men in their seventies are in a stable condition and the remaining patients are improving.

Legionnaires' disease is contracted by breathing in small droplets of water contaminated with the Legionella bacteria. The symptoms are similar to those of flu, including coughs, fever and chills.

The bacteria can end up in artificial water supply systems, including air conditioning units, water services and cooling towers.

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