Water quality continues to plunge - CDC: Drinking water blamed in hundreds of illnesses, 13 deaths
Legionella caused over half of outbreaks
(CNN) - Clear water is not always a sign of clean water -- or so suggests two new reports on water-associated disease outbreaks published Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In 2013-14, a total of 42 drinking-water-associated outbreaks caused by infectious pathogens, chemicals or toxins were reported to the CDC from 19 states. The reports do not include lead contamination.
These outbreaks led to at least 1,006 cases of illness, 124 hospitalizations and 13 deaths across Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
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