CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 28, 1977
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(Studio) Legionnaires' disease, which broke out in Philadelphia last summer, is blamed for 2 deaths in Burlington, VT, bringing total of 3 deaths in 6 cases in that city since July.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Burlington, VT) Cases were diagnosed at Vermont Med. Center Hospital, which has launched search in attempt to discover if something inside hospital could be source of illness. Last year, nurse died from what is now known to have been Legionnaires' disease, and of 6 cases here this year, 4 caught it after admission to facility. [Hospital spokesperson Dr. Charles A. PHILLIPS - cites lack of evidence of how disease is spread.] Outbreak has been big news in town and about half people interviewed by reporter say they're worried. [MAN - would be worried if he had to be in hospital.] [WOMAN - notes son and daughter-in-law work there; is worried.] Though much re: disease isn't known, cause is bacteria-like agent and victims can recover. [PHILLIPS - notes disease can be treated with common antibiotic that's readily available.] Since 1st outbreak in Philadelphia in 1976, researchers still haven't found source of disease.
REPORTER: Gary Shepard