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Legionnaires Disease / New Theory #243832

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 15, 1976
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(Studio) New theory out with regard to cause of legionnaires disease.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(NYC) Outbreak at Bellevue Stratford noted. Dr. Norman Runsdorf of New York and chemist Lorne Cook from Wilmington, DE, separately reach conclusion disease might have been caused by phosgene poisoning, such as used by Germans in World War I. [COOK - cites case of uncle, with Canadian Air Force in France in World War I, who died after poison used in area.] [RUNSDORF - says felt at 1st if he knew it anyone should know it.] Details of theory re: leaking fluorocarbon coolant F-11 from air conditioning noted. Both men testified before investigating House subcommittee on consumer protection; Natural Resources Defense Council has petitioned Environmental Protection Agency to conduct probe of F-11. DuPont company makes most fluorocarbon coolants, include F-11, but not brand used at Bellevue. [DuPont research chief Charles REINHARDT - says studies conducted show no phosgene forming under conditions at hotel.] [CDC (Centers for Disease Control) spokesperson Dr. David FRASER - says lungs in phosgene victims look different under microscope from legionnaires disease victims.] Pennsylvania secretary of health Leonard Bachman says he'll commission a study into theory.
REPORTER: Jerry Landay

(Studio) Environmental Protection Agency has been asked to investigate use of F-11 in other large air conditioning systems; most modern systems don't use F-11.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Landay, Jerry

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