Startling Rise in Legionnaires’ Disease Cases in SE Michigan

There’s a startling rise in cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Michigan.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says 73 cases were identified in June and July in southeastern Michigan.

An average of 30 cases were identified over the same two months from 2014 to 2016.

Legionella bacteria can be found in manmade water systems.

Transmission to people occurs when mist or vapor containing the bacteria is inhaled.

Legionnaires’ disease is an infection with symptoms that include fever, cough and pneumonia, and some experts say it’s tied to the Flint Water Crisis.