Portugal traces deadly Legionnaires' outbreak to cooling towers

November 11, 2014 4:18 PM

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LISBON (Reuters) - Portuguese authorities said on Tuesday cooling towers at a fertilizer plant were the likely source of an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease that has killed five people and infected over 200, making it one of the world's largest ever outbreaks.

Environment Minister Jorge Moreira da Silva told reporters all cooling towers in the affected area near Lisbon had been shut since Sunday to bring the flare-up under control.

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