Federal report looks at waterborne disease outbreaks tied to drinking water

09/5/2013 | U.S. News & World Report

Legionella was the most common bacteria behind 33 waterborne disease outbreaks recorded in the U.S. between 2009 and 2010, followed by Campylobacter, CDC researchers wrote in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Across 17 states, 1,040 cases of disease, including 85 hospitalizations and nine deaths, were attributed to unclean drinking water. Future outbreaks can be averted by finding and fixing problem areas in the country's water distribution and untreated groundwater systems, the CDC said.

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