Community leader Ruben Gutierrez, who contracted Legionnaires’ disease after attending the East Texas State Fair, has died.  His family told local media that he had been in and out of the hospital and died of complications from the illness.


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Gutierrez, who was a precinct chair for the Smith County Democratic Party, set up and ran the party’s booth inside the Harvey Convention Center at the fair which took place September 20 – September 29, 2019, according to the Tyler Morning Telegraph.

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The East Texas State Fair Legionnaires’ disease outbreak includes at least seven confirmed and five probable cases of Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia that is transmitted when water vapor contaminated with Legionella bacteria are inhaled.

Another outbreak was linked to another fair earlier that same month.  The North Carolina Mountain State Fair, held September 6-15 at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center, sickened 141 people, four of whom have died. Pritzker Hageman Legionnaires’ disease attorneys are representing a number of clients sickened at the North Carolina fair and filed the first lawsuit in association with that outbreak. They have decades of experience representing clients with Legionnaires’ disease and families who have suffered the wrongful death of a loved one. To request you a free consultation with our experienced Legionnaires’ Team, call us at 1(888) 377-8900 (toll-free), text 612-261-0856 or use the form below.

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