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[Perspectives] Legionnaires’ disease: revisiting the puzzle of the century

On Aug 2, 1976, Sidney Franklin, a physician at the US Veterans Administration Clinic in Philadelphia, telephoned the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta and asked to be put through to the National Influenza Immunization Program. Several retired serviceman who had recently attended a convention of the American Legion in Philadelphia had presented at his clinic with atypical pneumonias and four were now dead. Worried that they might be victims of a new strain of swine influenza that the CDC had identified at Fort Dix, New Jersey, in February of that year, Franklin asked the agency to investigate.

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