State investigating 7 Legionnaire cases at suburban Detroit hospital

State investigating 7 Legionnaire cases at suburban Detroit hospital

State investigating 7 Legionnaire cases at suburban Detroit hospital

Officials in MI are investigating a possible outbreak of Legionnaires' disease at a hospital just north of Detroit. The department says the cases are connected to people who attended the Mountain State Fair last month in Fletcher.

Dr. Moore says health investigators have taken samples from the building and some of the vendors including one of the two hot tub displays, and they are still waiting for results.

The departments say six of the seven Legionnaires' cases have been reported at the hospital since mid-September.

The state Division of Public Health was alerted to a sudden spike in Legionnaire's disease cases in Buncombe and Henderson counties about a week after the fair ended.

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State and county health officials are working together to identify a source and figure out of the cases are linked at all.

Legionella Pneumophila Bacteria, which most commonly causes Legionnaires' disease. The bacteria are naturally occurring in fresh water, and the organisms can multiply in man-made water systems. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), faulty plumbing systems, contaminated air conditioning units, cooling towers, and hot tubs are common sources where the bacteria can be heavily concentrated.

Those sickened were more likely to say they walked by the hot tub display compared to those who were not sickened, health officials said in an October 3 update. Symptoms of Legionnaires Disease include a cough, shortness of breath, high fever, headaches, as well as possible muscle pains.

After the bacteria grows, water containing it can spread in droplets small enough for people to breathe in.

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