Death Toll Climbs to 13 in Quincy Legionnaire’s Disease Outbreak

State health officials now say that a 13th victim in the Quincy area has died from Legionnaire’s Disease.

The latest victim, who has not yet been identified, was a resident of the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, which has been dealing with an outbreak of the severe form of pneumonia since early August. In addition to the twelve victims at the home, dozens of others, including five staff members, have been sickened by the water-borne bacteria.

Public health officials say that all of the deaths have been in elderly victims who had underlying health issues that made them more susceptible to Legionnaire’s.

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