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Disease / Legionnaire's / Lassa Fever #247454

CBS Evening News for Sunday, Aug 15, 1976
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(Studio) Cause of Legionnaires' disease still not known. In Toronto, Canada, there is incring. unease over lassa fever, with mortality rate as high as 50%.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Toronto, Canada) Lassa fever is African disease transmitted by rats; there's no known cure. Recently 7 cases reported in Europe and North Africa. Woman in Toronto hospital being tested now to see if she contracted fever while in Europe. Hospital closed to new admittances and visitors; also 14 hospital workers who had contact with woman and don't feel well are under observation. Some indications are that woman doesn't have fever, but nothing is conclusive. [Min. of health Frank MILLER - says action being taken because if disease is lassa fever and outbreak came because of lack of precaution he feels officials would be almost criminally responsible.] Passengers from airline concerned; not all passengers have been located. [Passenger Brenda KIRBY - says she feels all right but brushed by lady and doesn't know how long it'll take for fever to show if it's going to.] Conclusive lab results expected in day or so.
REPORTER: Don Webster

Schieffer, Bob;
Webster, Don

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