4th case of Legionnaires’ in Genesee County confirmed - WNEM TV 5

4th case of Legionnaires’ in Genesee County confirmed

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The fourth case of Legionnaires’ disease this year has been confirmed in Genesee County.

State and local health officials confirmed a new case Tuesday involving a woman with chronic disease problems who had been recently hospitalized.

Legionnaires’ disease is a kind of pneumonia, or an infection of the lungs. People can get the illness by breathing in small droplets of water, or mist, that contains the bacteria.

From 2014-2015, more than 90 cases of Legionnaires' were reported in Genesee County. Twelve people died.

Some experts believe the Flint River was the source of the bacteria, although no definition link has been made.

Of the four cases of Legionnaires' in Genesee County this year, there have been no deaths. 

"The CDC stands ready to assist in regards to investigating legionella in the community. It has made it clear that it is ready to provide assistance, even when we had a larger outbreak. The offer still stands," Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said.

Murthy said they have seen a dramatic decrease in cases of the respiratory disease this year in the area.

"Historically, Flint has had an average of around nine to 11 cases a year. So we are below the average of annual legionella disease," Murthy said.

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