HEALTH

The disease comes from bacterial infection of the lungs, and can cause a severe form of pneumonia.

JEFFERSON PARISH, La. — Ochsner’s main campus on Jefferson Highway is reporting two cases of Legionnaires’ disease.

The disease comes from bacterial infection of the lungs, and can cause a severe form of pneumonia.

It got its name when 182 veterans in the American Legion got sick in a hotel in Philadelphia in 1976; 29 people died. But Legionnaires’ disease is relatively rare. In the last 10 years, Louisiana has only had 364 cases.

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