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Legionella found to claim prime spot in more than half of outbreaks related to water.
Infections with Legionella bacteria have quadrupled since 2000, and the CDC says outbreaks are preventable through proper management of water systems, such as cooling towers.
Poorly maintained water systems are typically to blame, and those in long-term care facilities are especially vulnerable.
One of the 7 cases, involving a nonagenarian, proved fatal.
Legionella continues to be the most common cause of outbreaks linked to drinking water and also fuels many outbreaks linked to environmental water exposure.
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