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Outbreak in Madison kills 4, 14 more hospitalized

A recent reduction in water flow at UW-Hospitals
is now being blamed as the cause of an outbreak that has left 3 dead and hospitalized
14 more with the illness, known as Legionnaires Disease. According to a
hospital official, the decision to reduce water flow at the hospital during low-demand times, made the system more vulnerable to bacteria. Regular flow has resumed, and the hospital has chlorinated the water system. The original Legionnaire’s outbreak happened in 1976 at an American Legion convention in Philly that left 34 dead and infected more than 200 others.