More patients diagnosed amid Legionnaires’ outbreak at Ohio hospital

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GROVE CITY, Ohio (AP) – Health officials in Ohio say 10 people have now been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease amid an outbreak at a recently opened hospital near Columbus.

Franklin County’s health department said Tuesday that’s up from seven. One of those patients died Sunday.

Mount Carmel Health System says the hospital is working with health officials to identify the source of the bacteria at Mount Carmel Grove City.

State health officials say the first patient diagnosed with Legionnaires’ was admitted to the hospital on April 29, the day after it opened.

People are infected with the severe form of pneumonia by inhaling airborne water droplets containing the Legionella bacterium.

The Mount Carmel system has been under scrutiny after discovering that a doctor had prescribed excessive doses of painkillers to patients who died at its other hospitals.

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