According to U.S. government researchers, just walking by a whirlpool that was on display at a store in Virginia was enough to give 23 people Legionnaires? disease, and to kill 2 of them.

In 1996, Virginia health officials noticed a higher-than-usual incidence of the disease in the area, and after interviewing the sick people, they were able to trace the infection to its source, which was a display model of a whirlpool in a local store.

“If I saw a spa, I wouldn?t take a big old sniff,” says Denise Benkel, who at that time was with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

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