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Legion Disease / Further Deaths #247666

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Aug 26, 1976
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(Studio) Pennsylvania health officials report 2 more deaths from Legion disease, but Philadelphia and federal officials say 2 may have died from other causes.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(No location given) 2 victims attended Roman Catholic Eucharistic Conf. in Philadelphia 2 weeks ago and spent time in Bellevue Stratford Hotel, major site of Legion convention Health officials not sure if 2 had Legionnaires' disease. [Health commissioner Dr. Lewis POLK - says he thinks they had pneumonia, not Legionnaires' disease.] Earlier in week Pennsylvania Governor Milton Shapp stayed and ate at hotel; today says he feels fine. No evidence found to indicate hotel at fault in cause of disease. CDC (Centers for Disease Control) in Atlanta says cases meet criteria for disease, but 1 prelim. report says some differences compared to other victims. University of Connecticut, Dr. F. William Sunderman, has completed tests with regard to possibility of cause being toxic substance nickel carbonyl. [SUNDERMAN - says could be factor, but tests inconclusive.] CDC (Centers for Disease Control) also says tests inconclusive. Autopsy reports on new victims not in yet, so will be while before cause of death known.
REPORTER: Gary Shepard

Mudd, Roger;
Shepard, Gary

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