Cooling tower steam blamed

February 19, 1991|By Medical Tribune News Service

Steam released from the cooling towers of power-generating plants may expose people who live nearby to Legionnaires' disease, a potentially fatal type of pneumonia.

People who lived between a third to a half a mile from a cooling tower were three times more likely to get the disease, a Scottish study reports.

Steam released from inadequately cleaned cooling towers may have contained the bacteria thought to cause the disease.

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