University Hospital patient dies from Legionnaires' disease

A woman who was a patient at University Hospital in Cleveland has died from Legionnaires' disease, according to a report.

The woman was transferred to University Hospital from another unnamed hospital, according to the report. A University Hospital spokesperson told newsnet5 that the patient was very ill when she arrived at the hospital.

Officials are unsure of how the woman contracted the illness, but they are investigating.

This news comes during a large Legionnaires' disease outbreak currently ongoing in New York City. As of Aug. 7, 10 people have died in that outbreak.

People contract Legionnaires' disease when they breathe in a mist or vapor that has been contaminated with the bacterium Legionella. The illness is treatable with antibiotics. According to the CDC, 8,000 to 10,000 people are hospitalized with the disease annually in the U.S.

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