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How New York Hunts For Early Signs Of Disease Outbreaks

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How New York Hunts For Early Signs Of Disease Outbreaks

On July 29, 2015, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene sent out an alert — 31 people in the South Bronx had contracted Legionnaires’ disease, a lung infection from waterborne bacteria that kills about 1 out of every 10 people who get it. By the time officials found the source (a cooling tower) and contained the spread, 128 people had contracted Legionnaires’ and 12 people had died. It was the largest outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the city’s history — an outbreak that was first detected by a computer program.

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