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One of the 7 cases, involving a nonagenarian, proved fatal.
Poorly maintained water systems are typically to blame, and those in long-term care facilities are especially vulnerable.
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.
Legionella found to claim prime spot in more than half of outbreaks related to water.
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