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July 10, 2017

Around the nation: Three dead from hantavirus outbreak in Washington state

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  • Georgia: Eric Bour has been tapped as the new CEO for Piedmont Newton Hospital. Bour, a trained general and bariatric surgeon, previously was president of Hillcrest Memorial Hospital and Simpsonville Medical Campus, both based in Simpsonville, South Carolina (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 7/6).

  • Tennessee: Five people have been diagnosed with Legionnaire's disease after staying at The Guest House at Graceland, a hotel celebrating the life of singer Elvis Presley, according to health officials. The Shelby County Health Department said individuals who visited or stayed at the hotel between May 15 and June 26 who present symptoms should reach out to the department. According to the Associated Press, the hotel has temporarily shut down its pool and hot tub (AP/Sacramento Bee, 7/7).

  • Washington: In the state's worst hantavirus outbreak since 1999, five people have been infected with the rare, rodent-borne disease, three of whom have died, according to health officials. According to Reuters' Laura Zuckerman, humans can contract the disease by inhaling infected dust or by being in contact with the urine, droppings, saliva, or nesting materials of infected deer mice. The disease typically kills more than a third of its victims (Zuckerman, Reuters, 7/6).

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