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First death related to Legionella confirmed in Lauderdale Co.

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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

State health officials confirmed two more cases of Legionella in Lauderdale County, bringing the total number of cases up to 13. Officials also confirmed Thursday night that one person has died.

They said the age of those who have tested positive for the illness have been 50 and older. They also said they suspect more cases and are still testing people.

Officials said a Lauderdale County nursing home seems to be the common link between all of the cases, but they are not ruling out any other possibilities. They said they are still working to determine an exact source.

Health officials want to remind the public that the bacteria are not contagious and they believe it is isolated to Lauderdale County.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is assisting with the investigation.

Legionnaire's Disease is called a 'nationally notifiable' disease, meaning that lab-confirmed cases must be reported to the CDC. State and local health departments can head the investigations but can call in the CDC to assist.

A situation can be considered an outbreak when two or more cases occur in the same area within the same time.

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