A hot-water tank was the probable cause of an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, which killed three patients and sickened two others at a hospital in Maryland, officials said. The tank and pipes, which tested positive with the bacteria, have since been treated with continuous chlorine and super-heating, and are cleared of bacteria traces.
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For plumbers in Flint, Mich., “it’s been a heck of a year,” said Harold T. Harrington, a master plumber and pipefitter working as the business manager for Flint’s United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 370. Read more stories in 2017 March Issue.