Medicine: Malady in Manhattan

Legionnaires' disease strikes

Immediately after investigating the recent outbreak of Legionnaires' disease at Indiana University, the indefatigable detectives of the U.S. Center for Disease Control in Atlanta had to respond to yet another alarm. The mysterious malady had erupted in Manhattan's crowded garment district. There, within a few city blocks, at least 75,000 men and women are jampacked by day, their indoor working conditions made bearable only by generous use of air conditioning.

When New York City hospitals began suspecting Legionnaires' disease as the cause of the unusual type of pneumonia from which six...

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