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A cluster of Legionnaires’ disease cases has appeared in the southeastern part of New Mexico. Since the first week of October this year, six patients from Chaves County have been reported ill with the disease.

Two of these individuals– a 69-year old woman and a 65-year old woman – have passed away. The six who became ill were known to have other health issues that increased their risk of developing Legionnaires’ disease. The New Mexico Department of Health is working alongside Eastern New Mexico Medical Center to determine the source.

The six known cases are among individuals who live in the same area and became ill around the same time, raising suspicion that all of these cases were caused by a common source of Legionella bacteria. However, the source is not yet known.

New Mexico Department of Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher indicated, “We are working with the patients and their family members to determine if there is a common link or exposure among the patients.”

Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S.  Please visit again for updates

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