According to reports by MSN news and other sources, an outbreak of Legionnaires disease in Aukland, New Zealand has resulted in a second death. There have been 16 confirmed cases of the disease since late February, when the first illnesses appeared. Since the initial outbreak, hundreds of buildings in Aukland were “shock treated” with chemicals to disinfect the water systems and potentially kill the Legionella bacterium that causes Legionnaires disease. Unfortunately, efforts to curb the growth of bacteria and stop the outbreak were not enough to prevent a second death. Officials are still working to further decontaminate water systems throughout Aukland, and ensure that more tragedies do not occur.
Updates on this situation will follow as they become available.
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