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Two Brooke Army Medical Center Staff Test Positive for Bacteria Linked to Legionnaires' Disease


Two staff at Brooke Army Medical Center have tested positive for a bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease, a fatal and fast-spreading type of pneumonia.

Legionella bacteria is spread when people inhale contaminated mist or vapor. It's rarely transmitted between people, but instead contracted from a person's environment (usually a building with a contaminated water system). The most recent, sweeping outbreak hit New York City in 2015 — and left 12 dead.

The two BAMC staffers work in an administrative building, not the center's hospital. Those working in the potentially contaminated building have been moved.

In a news release, BAMC said these dual cases qualify the spread to be considered an "outbreak."

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