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Disease / American Legion Convention / Investigation #489849

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 05, 1976
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(Studio) 1 more dead of disease that attacked Pennsylvania American Legionnaires; bringing total to 23. Med. investigators say disease is not form of flu, incling. swine flu, but don't know what it is.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Pennsylvania officials had scheduled announcement on lab tests for this a.m. but Governor Milton Shapp could only say they have pretty good idea of what disease is not. [SHAPP - says information received indicates it's probably not outbreak of swine flu.] [Pennsylvania health secretary Dr. Leonard BACHMAN - says Possible disease may never be identified, but says will pledge to try to get to bottom of it.] Med. investigation has provided no clues as to cause of disease so far, so Center for Disease Control has moved environmental inspection team into Philadelphia. Team will check hotels and restaurants conventioneers used, but will concentrate on Bellvue Stratford Hotel. Special Philadelphia police squad phoning victims or families to gather information to try for clues leading to cause of illness. Lab tests continuing for virus, but some researchers say privately that they now believe if cause ever found it will be rare toxic substance.
REPORTER: Lee McCarthy

Chancellor, John;
McCarthy, Lee

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