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Legionnaires’ disease most often non-fatal nowadays, officials say

Vestal Harper of Charleston recently spent about 20 days in the hospital after contracting Legionnaires' disease.

While Legionnaires’ disease sparked panic in 1976, most people who get the disease today will survive, according to health officials.

The Legionella bacteria, which causes Legionnaires’ disease and Pontiac fever, was discovered in 1976 after an outbreak among people who went to an American Legion convention in Philadelphia.

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