The History Of Legionnaire’s Disease

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The Bellevue Stratford Hotel, which was linked to a 1976 Legionnaire's Disease outbreak.(Photo: Flickr)
The Bellevue Stratford Hotel, which was linked to a 1976 Legionnaire's Disease outbreak.(Photo: Flickr)

Legionnaire’s Disease has been wreaking havoc at a Reynoldsburg retirement home this summer.

The deadly bacteria has killed six people at Wesley Ridge Retirement Community, and with the story dominating local headlines we decided to do some research. It turns out Legionnaire’s Disease has an interesting story that traces back to a 1970s convention in a Philadelphia hotel.

For more details, WOSU’s Steve Brown talked with Dr. Janet Stout, the director of the Special Pathogens Laboratory in Pittsburgh. Click the play button above to hear their conversation.

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