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Legionella found at multiple locations on WSU campus

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More than one location on the Wayne State University campus has tested positive for legionella, the university announced Wednesday.

The university reported May 29 that a faculty member was diagnosed with the Legionnaires’ disease.

Legionnaires’ is a form of pneumonia.

According to a release, initial results found legionella, the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease, in a bathroom in the Faculty Administration Building, in a first-floor men’s bathroom in Scott Hall, and in a men’s bathroom in the Cohn Building.

All three bathrooms will be closed until they can be further evaluated, according to university officials.

The City of Detroit Health Department has been alerted.

Common symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease include cough, fever, chills and muscle aches.  The illness is spread through inhalation of water droplets that contains the bacterium. While water leaks from rainwater are inconvenient and unsightly, they are unlikely to be a source of the disease. 

Those most at risk of contracting the disease are people 50 years or older; current or former smokers, people with a chronic lung disease, with weak immune systems or who take drugs that weaken the immune system, people with cancer, and people with underlying illnesses such as diabetes, kidney failure, or liver failure.

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