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Federal Government Needs to Do More to Combat Legionnaires' Disease

In the wake of the latest Legionella outbreak in the State of New York, Senator Chuck Schumer has called upon the Federal Government to increase funding to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for further research into the disease.  Citing concerns that state residents may be increasingly at risk for exposure to the bacteria from many sources, Schumer noted the importance of such research, especially in light of the New York City outbreak which killed 12 persons and sickened over 140 (After Leionnaires’ cases at Syracuse hospital, Schumer pushes for water testing standards). In calling for nationwide standards, we believe that New York City’s stringent regulations, formulated after the Bronx outbreak, should be used as a starting point for any national regulations.

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