Pneumonia alarm continues, three legionnaire's deaths

Almost 200 in hospital

(ANSA) - Brescia, September 12 - A health alarm concerning a spate of cases of pneumonia in northern Italy is continuing, with 196 people being treated in hospital, including nine in intensive care, and three reported deaths of legionnaire's disease, a severe form of the illness.
    The victims of legionnaire's disease died in the areas of the cities of Lecco, Brescia and Torino.
    A 29-year-old man from Brescia who is is in serious condition at the San Gerardo Hospital in Monza is among those suspected to have contracted legionnaire's disease.
    Brescia prosecutors have opened a probe into the surge of pneumonia cases, sources said Monday. Carabinieri NAS health officials are collecting data on contagion patterns and are working with the local health authority.
   

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