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New case of Legionnaires' disease reported in Genesee County

1977: Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control announce that they had sufficient laboratory evidence to implicate a previously unknown strain of bacteria as the cause of Legionnaire's Disease, now named Legionella pneumophila. An outbreak of
1977: Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control announce that they had sufficient laboratory evidence to implicate a previously unknown strain of bacteria as the cause of Legionnaire's Disease, now named Legionella pneumophila. An outbreak of (CDC)

GENESEE COUNTY, Mich. – McLaren Hospital reported a new case of Legionnaires’ disease Wednesday afternoon, bringing the total number of cases in Genesse County to seven this year.

The MDHHS said it does not have additional information about the case, including whether or not it is health care-associated.

MDHHS said it has no knowledge of any efforts by McLaren Hospital to appropriately assess, remediate and clear locations of patients with Legionnaires’ disease.

MDHHS issued a health alert network notification Wednesday to advise the health care community in Genesee County of the ongoing need for vigilance and appropriate testing.

MDHHS recently filed a Writ of Superintending Control in the Michigan Court of Appeals regarding ex parte confidential Protective Orders preventing MDHHS from fully investigating cases of Legionella in Genesee County.

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Officials said it's extremely important that all necessary remediation of any suspected cases of Legionnaires’ disease, particularly assessment of legionella water test results and remediation of associated water systems, be accomplished immediately in accordance with health standards and protocols.

Any questions or concerns should be referred to a local health department.