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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (FOX Carolina) -- An Upstate woman has passed away after contracting Legionnaires disease, according to an obituary.

According to the obituary, "Lorene Hall Williams, 83, of Campobello passed away on October 8, 2019 of Legionnaires' disease.  She was the daughter of the late Ed and Lillie Mae Geddis Hall and wife of the late Howard Glen Williams."

Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger said Wednesday that his office was not asked to investigate the death and said he could not confirm the cause of death.

"The next of kin did report to me that the decedent did attend the N.C. Mountain State Fair before being admitted to the hospital," Clevenger stated in a news release.

DHEC said they are aware of 7 cases of Legionellosis connected to the NC Mountain State Fair but said the agency cannot confirm Williams' death to be from Legionnaires'

According to the CDC, Legionnaires’ disease is a form of bacterial pneumonia (lung infection) that people may develop after they breathe in mist or accidentally swallow water into the lungs that contains Legionella bacteria, which are found naturally in the environment. 

Officials say people at highest risk for Legionnaires' disease include individuals 50 years or older, current or former smokers, and those who have a chronic lung disease or a weakened immune system. 

If the cause of death is confirmed to be Legionnaires' disease, it will be the second death tied to the outbreak that left more than 100 people sick.


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