A hot tub display at a North Carolina state fair may be the origin of a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease

A deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in North Carolina may stem from hot tubs that were on display inside an event center last month during a state fair, state health officials said Thursday.

Raleigh, NC (FOX Carolina) - Thursday, officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services confirmed a second person has now died in connection to the Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Western North Carolina. 

Officials say as of October 9, 134 cases of Legionnaires' disease have been confirmed resulting in 88 people being hospitalized, and two people dying. 

Officials say it appears the outbreak spread near the hot tubs during the last five days of the North Carolina Mountain State Fair. 

Legionella bacteria are found naturally in the environment.  Officials say the bacteria can become a health concern when they grow and spread in human-made building water systems like hot water tanks, cooling towers of air conditioners, decorative fountains and hot tubs or spas that aren't properly maintained. 

To view full updated case counts of the outbreak, click here.  

Related: NC health officials may have determined the location where visitors of the NC Mountain State Fair contracted Legionnaires' disease

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