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Disease / American Legion Convention / Investigation #45115

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 04, 1976
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(Studio) Disease that hit American Legionnaires in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, now being called Legionnaires' Disease. Death toll at 22; 131 hospitalized and others outside Pennsylvania who were in Philadelphia at time of convention rpting. symptoms. Department of Health, Education and Welfare Secretary David Mathews briefed President Ford and says illness will be identified Thursday at earliest.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Process for tests noted. Head of Pennsylvania virology lab studying disease says may be new form of flu. [Dr. Jay SATZ - says if it's flu , will be typical. If it's virus, it's unique.] Cultures take 48 hrs. to develop and 1st ones won't be ready until midnight Wednesday
REPORTER: Robert Miller

Miller, Robert;
Reasoner, Harry

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