Legionnaires’ disease death toll climbs in outbreak at Illinois veterans home

The state’s public health director has warned more fatalities could occur after 45 people have been sickened with severe form of pneumonia at the facility

The death toll from a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at a western Illinois veterans home has climbed to seven, and the state’s public health director has warned that more fatalities could occur.

The Illinois department of veterans affairs and the state department of public health said residents of the facility in Quincy who contracted Legionnaires’, a severe form of pneumonia, had underlying medical conditions and an average age of 86.

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