The North Carolina Department of Health announced yesterday that one of the patients sickened by Legionnaires’ disease in the current outbreak associated with the WNC Agricultural Center did not attend the Mountain State Fair event. That event, which had multiple hot tub displays that have been linked to spreading the disease, has been associated with over 140 cases of Legionnaires’ so far. This newly identified victim did attend the Ashville Quilt Show, which was held two weeks later on September 27-29 at the Davis Event Center. The Davis Center was the same building that held the hot tub exhibits at the fair. The Ashville Quilt Show is a popular annual event that draws thousands of people from the surrounding community.

According to reporting in the Asheville Citizen Times, processing of tests on the building had not been completed prior to the quilt show.

The Legionnaires’ and bacterial disease legal team at Pritzker Hageman filed the first lawsuit in this outbreak on October 18, 2019. Attorneys on the team believe that faulty maintenance of the water system supplying the Davis Center could be factor in introducing the Legionella bacteria into the environment.


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