Legionnaire's disease strain led to Ohio pneumonia outbreak

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 4, 2015 at 1:41 a.m.

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Health officials say a rare strain of Legionnaires' disease was the source of a recent outbreak of pneumonia at a county building in northwest Ohio. No deaths were reported.

A Toledo-Lucas County health official says the local and state health departments began investigating in July after a number of employees at the county Job and Family Services building became sick with pneumonia and 11 were hospitalized. All have since been released.

The county's deputy health commissioner says testing of one worker showed the rare substrain of Legionnaire's disease. The disease is a type of pneumonia.

Deputy Commissioner Larry Vasko says a cooling system tower where the strain of bacteria that causes the disease was found has been replaced.

He says health officials consider the outbreak officially over.

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