Legionnaire's outbreak spreads in Lyon

15th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

LYON, France, May 15 (AFP) - Thirty-two people have been struck by an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease in the south-eastern French city of Lyon, authorities said Sunday.

LYON, France, May 15 (AFP) - Thirty-two people have been struck by an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease in the south-eastern French city of Lyon, authorities said Sunday.  

Seven new victims were detected Saturday, bringing the total to 32 since the outbreak began in April. Health officials were still trying to find the cause of the epidemic.  

Legionnaires' disease - first discovered at an American Legion convention in the United States in 1976, where 29 people died - causes high fever, dry cough, lung congestion and subsequent pneumonia.  

It is commonly spread through contaminated air conditioners and ventilators and is treated with antibiotics.

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