October 7, 2019

Around the nation: 124 Legionnaires' disease cases tied to North Carolina fair

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    The exact source of the outbreak is unknown but officials say people were more likely to develop the disease if they were near a hot tub display at the fair, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Delaware, North Carolina, and Texas.

    • Delaware: Delaware's largest hospital system, formerly known as Christiana Care Health System, announced Wednesday that it is changing its name to ChristianaCare. CEO Janice Nevin said the organization is "reimagining how we deliver care" by addressing "non-medical needs that affect people's health," such as food security, housing, education, and public safety (Newman, Delaware News Journal, 10/2).

    • North Carolina: State health officials have reported 124 cases of Legionnaires' disease tied to last month's N.C. Mountain State Fair. Since the fair, one person has died from the disease and 65% of patients required hospitalization. The exact source of the outbreak is unknown but officials say people were more likely to develop the disease if they were near a hot tub display at the fair (Chappell, NPR, 10/4).

    • Texas: Ben Taub Hospital in Houston has launched a multimillion-dollar expansion of its first-floor ED facility. Construction crews are currently relocating the radiology department and making space for the expanded ED. Once the radiology move is complete, the hospital will upgrade the ED, which is expected to take about 32 months. The relocation is expected to cost about $37.2 million (Jeffrey, Houston Business Journal, 10/1).

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