Health Officials are Investigating an Increase in Cases of Legionellosis
Health officials are investigating an increase in cases of legionellosis this summer.
According to the MDHHS, there have been 135 confirmed cases of legionellosis reported in 33 counties, compared to 107 cases at the same time last year.
24 cases have been confirmed statewide since July 1st, and another 13 cases are pending confirmation.
Officials say the the amount of Legionellosis cases are also increasing across the county.
Legionellosis is a respiratory infection caused by Legionella bacteria.
It is common in the summer, when warming, stagnant waters present the best environment for bacterial growth.
Legionella bacteria are found naturally in fresh water lakes and streams, but can also be found in man-made water systems.
Potable water systems, cooling towers, whirlpool spas and decorative fountains can grow and transmit the bacteria if they are not cleaned and maintained properly.
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