JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri agency has asked the state for more funding to combat Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia that has sickened more than 800 people in the state over the last five years.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said the state’s response to the disease has grown and that current state laboratory staff are unable to complete all duties, according to documents submitted to state budget officials.

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As of July, 812 people in the state had contracted Legionnaires’ since 2014 and 44 had died, according to the health department.

 

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