Quebec's legionnaires death toll rises
Aug 26, 2012 / 12:55 pm
Two more people have died from legionnaires' disease in the Quebec City area, bringing the total number of victims to eight since mid-July.
Public health officials say there have been a total of 104 cases since last month's outbreak.
The deadly bacteria grow in the stagnant water of cooling systems, spreading in little droplets through the air conditioning.
Authorities have disinfected the systems in 89 local buildings and say the outbreak has been contained, though more cases could surface in the coming days.
The Quebec government promised additional steps against the disease on Friday following criticism from Quebec City's mayor.
The new measures include holding building owners legally responsible for maintaining their cooling systems.
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