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Studies show drowsy driving is similar to impaired driving

Most drivers in North Carolina and across the country would never drink and drive, but around half consistently drive while feeling drowsy, according to a study by the National Sleep Foundation. The study demonstrates how dire the nation's drowsy driving problem is.

The NSF study found that approximately 50% of all adult U.S. drivers say they repeatedly drive while drowsy. It also found that 20% of drivers admit that they've nodded off behind the wheel within the last 12 months. Another 40% admit to falling asleep while driving at some point in their lives. Research has found that drowsy driving can impair drivers just as much as a blood alcohol content level of .08, which above the legal limit in all 50 states.

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Legionnaire's disease outbreak linked to hotel

Small amounts of Legionella bacteria can be found in freshwater streams and lakes throughout North Carolina. As long as it stays in its natural habitat, this bacteria does not pose a major health risk. However, when the bacteria enters building freshwater systems, it can grow, spread and cause outbreaks of a severe type of pneumonia called Legionnaire's disease. This is what seems to have happened recently at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel.

The Georgia Department of Public Health confirmed on Aug. 15 that Legionella bacteria was found in water samples collected from the hotel's cooling tower and one of its ornamental fountains. One death has been linked to the Legionnaire's disease outbreak and 13 other people have been diagnosed with the disease. The GDPH has identified an additional 66 possible cases. Individuals who contract the disease usually recover when treatment is administered quickly, but its flu-like symptoms can persist for as long as two months.

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