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Seventh Case of Legionnaire’s Disease Confirmed In Latest Outbreak

May 29, 1985

DETROIT (AP) _ A woman hospitalized in ″extremely critical″ condition Wednesday was confirmed as the seventh victim of an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease that has already killed two people, officials said.

All seven victims were infected with the bacteria during an April 27 church banquet at the Airport Hilton Inn in the Detroit suburb of Romulus.

The Romulus woman, whose name was not released, was being treated in the intensive care unit of Westland Medical Center, nursing supervisor Jan Pomeroy said. Doctors made the Legionnaires’ diagnosis on Tuesday, hospital spokeswoman Paula Willis said.

Besides the confirmed cases, 30 other people who attended the Pentecostal Temple Church banquet were considered possible Legionnaires’ victims, said Dr. William Hall, chief of the Division of Disease Surveillance in the Michigan Department of Public Health.

One of the confirmed Legionnaires’ victims, the Rev. Green Moore, 76, of Detroit, died May 18 of cardiopulmonary arrest at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital. Another, identified only as a 68-year-old Inkster man, died Monday night at University of Michigan Hospitals in Ann Arbor.

″Preliminary results from an autopsy indicate that Legionnaires’ probably was a factor in the death of the patient,″ University Hospitals spokesman David Friedo said. ″An exact cause will not be determined until culture results are available.″

The victim’s family asked that his name be withheld, Friedo said.

Four other confirmed victims were released from area hospitals after being treated with antibiotics, said Dr. Donald Lawrenchuk, Wayne County health director.

Legionnaires’ bacteria was found last week in the air conditioning system that serves the hotel’s banquet room, Lawrenchuk said. Authorities disinfected the air conditioner, swimming pool and whirlpool shortly after May 9, when health authorities first suspected a Legionnaires’ outbreak, he said.

Results of a second series of blood tests on the suspected victims and water samples from the pool and whirlpool both were expected later this week, Lawrenchuk said.

There is no danger of anyone else developing Legionnaires’ disease, health officials said earlier.

The disease was named following an outbreak at a 1976 American Legion convention in Philadelphia during which 34 people died.

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