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Disease / American Legion Convention / Pennsylvania / Investigation #247693

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 03, 1976
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(Studio) Still no information on mysterious illness which struck members of American Legion state convention in Pennsylvania. Health authorities say will probably be another day before anything known.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Map of state shows where deaths have occurred. [Pennsylvania secretary health Dr. Leonard BACHMAN - says can't offer more information on disease. Says deaths and illnesses incring.; disease has not leveled off.] Health authorities still trying to find common link to deaths and illnesses. No known treatment; effectiveness of antibiotics uncertain. [BACHMAN - says such large outbreak not common; knows of no other examples. Working diagnosis not possible at this stage.] More people going into hospitals, but no indication disease is contagious. Philadelphia has set up hot lines for people with symptoms to call. [OPERATOR - talks to caller.] Investigators sent to homes as result of hot lines find direct links to convention in more than 50 of over 100 checked. Federal health officials to investigate; tests continue; to be no firm ans. for at least 24-48 hrs.
REPORTER: Jim Kilpatrick

Kilpatrick, Jim;
Mudd, Roger

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