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Woman contracts deadly disease from dental water line


Bacteria in a water line at a dental office in Italy is being blamed for the death of an 82-year-old woman who contracted Legionnaires' disease just days after receiving dental treatment, according to a new case report in Lancet. In February 2011, the woman was admitted to the intensive care unit of the G.B. Morgagni-Pierantoni Hospital in Forlì, Italy, with fever and respiratory distress. She was conscious and responsive, but a chest radiograph showed several areas of lung consolidation, according to the report by lead author Maria Luisa Ricci, BD, at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità and colleagues. The patient had no underlying disease. (May require free registration to view article.) more

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