A Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at the North Carolina Mountain State Fair has sickened 25 people, killing one of them. Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia that occurs when water droplets contaminated with Legionella bacteria are inhaled. State health officials are urging anyone who attended the fair and now has symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease, which include fever, cough, chills, headache, muscle aches, and shortness of breath, to see a doctor right away as these infections are serious and can be fatal.
People are at elevated risk of contracting Legionnaires’ disease include those over 50, current and former smokers and people with weakened immune systems. Most cases of Legionnaires’ disease require hospitalization and about 10 percent of cases are fatal.
So far, this outbreak includes 25 people who range in age from 37 to 90 years old. They are residents of Buncombe, Haywood, Transylvania and Henderson counties who attended the fair earlier this month.
The Legionnaires’ disease attorneys at Pritzker Hageman have two decades of experience representing people who have been sickened by Legionella bacteria and families who have suffered the wrongful death of a loved one. If you or a loved one are part of this outbreak, call us for a free consultation at 1(888) 377-8900 (toll-free), text 612-261-0856 or use the form below.