Health officials find seventh case of Legionnaires' disease at Winston-Salem nursing home

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WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina — A seventh resident of a Winston-Salem nursing home has been diagnosed as fighting the potentially fatal Legionnaires' disease

Local media reports say the Forsyth County Public Health Department announced the latest case involving a resident of Oak Forest Health and Rehabilitation on Friday. Earlier cases were announced in June and July.

Most people exposed to the Legionella bacteria do not get the disease, and the center is admitting new residents and has not changed visitation policies.

A North Carolina health department spokesman says there have been 83 cases statewide this year, slightly above average. Six have been fatal.

The bacterium is usually found in hot water and in systems producing aerosols or mist. People can become infected when they breathe in a contaminated mist or vapor that has been contaminated.

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