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Georgia Officials Believe Dozens More Likely Stricken With Legionnaires’ Disease

Atlanta is in the midst of a Legionnaires' disease outbreak, after 11 confirmed cases were linked to the downtown Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. State health officials said 57 more cases were suspected to be Legionnaires'.
Atlanta is in the midst of a Legionnaires' disease outbreak, after 11 confirmed cases were linked to the downtown Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. State health officials said 57 more cases were suspected to be Legionnaires'.
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More than 2,000 people attended the American Legion convention in Philadelphia in 1976, the year of the nation’s bicentennial.

When it was all said and done, 182 of those “Legionnaires” had contracted a mysterious illness. Twenty-nine died.

Atlanta is in the midst of a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak, after 11 confirmed cases were linked to the downtown Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. State health officials said 57 more cases were suspected to be Legionnaires’.

WABE’s Jim Burress sat down with Georgia Health News editor Andy Miller to talk about the outbreak.

And they began by discussing the likelihood the current outbreak would reach the level of cases experienced in 1976 Philadelphia.