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Disease / American Legion Convention / Investigation #247776

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Aug 05, 1976
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(Studio) Legion disease total now 23, while scientists report only gradual progress.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Lab tests continue on disease; 1st tests indicate problem not swine flu or flu virus. Officials say disease apparently not spreading but don't know cause. [Pennsylvania health official Dr. Jay SATZ - says he's treating organism as extremely dangerous but doesn't know how dangerous it really is.] Officials now putting more emphasis on environmental factors because of possibility that airborne toxicants are cause. Physical items around convention center being checked. Richard Spotwood admitted to Harrisburg hospital with disease almost a week ago, but has recovered and will soon go home. [SPOTWOOD - says whole situation a tragedy.] Virologist Dr. Ildike Szekelly who worked on Spotwood case agrees swine flu and flu virus should be ruled out. [SZEKELLY - says flu incubation period very short and period now being exceeded.] Dr. Szekelly still doesn't know cause of disease.
REPORTER: Jim Kilpatrick

Kilpatrick, Jim;
Mudd, Roger

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