Another person has died due to the Legionnaires’ outbreak associated to one hot tub at a state fair in North Carolina, raising the death toll to 4.
Around 150 people that attended the North Carolina Mountain state fair fell sick while 4 people have died, as per an update by the NC Health and Human Services Department on Friday.
Near about 133 people had been diagnosed with the Legionnaires’ disease while 8 others were confirmed of having a milder kind of the virus known as Pontiac fever. Around 94 people had been rushed to the hospitals in the NC outbreak.
The state fair was held between 6 to 15 September and the health officials informed that majority of those who fell ill had walked passed hot tub displays put up during the fairs second half.
Sample derived from these hot tubs tested negative for the Legionnaires’ virus, as per Friday’s report. However, one sample collected from the ladies restroom tested positive for the virus. But, the researchers determined that the strain was different genetically than compared to the strain gathered from patients.
The health department said that testing still was ongoing and that the hot tubs previously have been associated to a few Legionnaires’ outbreaks across the globe.