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Legionnaires' disease diagnosed in Fresno County patient

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Health officials say a resident of a Fresno County nursing home has been diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease.

The disclosure comes three months after officials alerted hospitals and nursing homes three months ago that cases of the respiratory ailment have been increasing in the county and nationwide.

The county was notified Dec. 27 of the diagnosis. The resident's health status and name were not released because of patient confidentiality laws.

The newspaper said Friday that last month a resident of another Fresno nursing home was diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease.

In the past 24 months there have been two confirmed and four possible health care-associated cases in Fresno County.

Legionnaires' disease is a severe form of pneumonia, with lung inflammation usually caused by infection. It is not transmitted from person to person.


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