State health department confirms 11th case of Legionella - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

State health department confirms 11th case of Legionella

Posted: Updated:
Source: MGN Online Source: MGN Online

One more new case of Legionella pneumonia has been confirmed in Lauderdale County. Health officials said this brings the current total to 11 confirmed and 8 suspected cases of the illness which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now investigating.

Assistant State Health Officer Dr. Karen Landers said Wednesday that doctors and hospitals continue to work closely with the health department to test any patients who could have Legionella pneumonia.

"We want to continue looking into these cases carefully to be sure that we raise awareness of this illness and recommend any actions to reduce environmental risks," said Dr. Landers.

Legionella is not spread from person to person, but contracted from breathing in a mist or vapor containing the bacteria. A cause of the outbreak is yet to be determined.

Copyright 2013 WAFF. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

1414 North Memorial Parkway
Huntsville, AL 35801

WAFF Is a Proud Member
of the Raycom Family of Stations

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WAFF. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.