Atlanta hospital finds Legionnaire's bacteria

ATLANTA (AP) -- Officials say Atlanta's largest hospital has found the bacteria that causes Legionnaire's disease and that it likely sickened four patients.

Grady Memorial Hospital officials say Thursday lab tests showed legionella bacteria in water samples taken from patient rooms on two floors. Four patients who had stayed in those areas have come down with Legionnaire's disease since Jan. 1.

The positive samples were taken from bathrooms, not air vents.

Officials say the water system is being flushed with hyperchlorinated water, but patients still are not being allowed in the areas. About 80 beds were taken out of service.

Legionnaires' disease is an infection that can cause deadly pneumonia. People get it from inhaling contaminated mist or vapor.

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