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Elderly Person Has Died From Legionnaires’ Disease

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) –Maryland’s health department says an elderly person from out of state has died from Legionnaires’ disease after staying at an Ocean City hotel where the department has confirmed the presence of bacteria that cause the disease.

The health department said Wednesday tests on water collected from various locations at the Plim Plaza Hotel confirmed the presence of the bacteria.

Three cases of Legionnaires’ disease were confirmed last week by the department in people who had stayed at the hotel.

The department says three more cases have been confirmed.

The hotel is now closed for the season.

The health department urges anyone who stayed at the hotel in September and is experiencing pneumonia-like symptoms to contact a health care provider.

Symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea or severe body aches.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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