State health department confirms 11th case of Legionella

Source: MGN Online
Source: MGN Online

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - 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.

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