ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 03, 1976
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(Studio) Medical detectives looking for cause and cure for disease that has killed 21 and hospitalized more; all attended American Legion convention in Pennsylvania 2 wks. ago.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Mbrs. of Federal Epidemic Intel. Ser. piecing together all information with regard to dead and dying; no solution found yet. [Pennsylvania health security Dr. Leonard BACHMAN - says hopes to know if it's virus within 48 hrs., but if something new, could take much longer. Says if people have disease and are hospitalized, treatment can probably save them.]
REPORTER: Lem Tucker
(Fort Washington, Pennsylvania) One of victims member of Fort Washington Post of American Legion. [1st MEMBER of Fort Washington Post - can't believe it's happening.] [2nd MBR. says he's scared.] Emergency hotline set up at city hall in Philadelphia; operators work round clock to talk to those exposed. Some people around hotels shared by legionnaires not worried about getting disease. [1st MAN - doesn't associate disease with hotel. Not afraid to stay there.] [2nd MAN - nobody looked sick to him and he feels good.] Reporter says feelings in city range from concerned to nonchalant, but all will feel better when origin discovered.
REPORTER: Robert Miller