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State investigating 7 Legionnaire cases at suburban Detroit hospital

State investigating 7 Legionnaire cases at suburban Detroit hospital”

A suburban Detroit hospital is being investigated after seven people were diagnosed with Legionnaire's disease.

".we are responding with an abundance of caution and partnering with the Macomb County Health Department to identify targeted areas in the hospital to implement additional precautions to our water management efforts (installing filters, removing aerators, providing bottled water options)", the hospital's statement reads, in part.

Preliminary findings suggest that exposure to the Legionella bacteria came in the Davis Event Center near the hot tubs during the final five days of the fair in Fletcher, North Carolina, on September 6-15.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says it's working with the Macomb County Health Department to investigate the illnesses at McLaren Macomb Hospital in Mount Clemens.

"Low levels of Legionella present were able to grow in hot tubs or possibly some other source in the Davis Event Center leading to exposure through breathing in aerosolized water that contained the bacteria", authorities said at the time.

Legionnaires' disease can be treated with antibiotics, but about 1 in 10 people who get sick from the disease die, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Legionnaires' disease is a serious illness which can lead to complications and death, especially in older individuals or those with underlying conditions", said NC State Epidemiologist Dr. Zack Moore. Symptoms are consistent with pneumonia. The department says 124 cases have been reported so far.

The majority of cases in this outbreak (116) are the Legionnaires' kind.

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