Reports of Legionnaires’ disease at McLaren Macomb Hospital spurs investigation – Detroit Free Press

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Reports of Legionnaires’ disease at McLaren Macomb Hospital spurs investigation – Detroit Free Press


Omar Abdel-Baqui


Detroit Free Press

Published 11:16 PM EDT Oct 9, 2019

Two government health departments are investigating a Macomb County hospital after several cases of Legionnaires’ disease were reported. 

The Macomb County Health Department and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are probing McLaren Macomb Hospital in Mt. Clemens, seeking the source of the disease and determining if there are more infected people, according to a press release.

Six of the seven cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been reported since the middle of September, the health departments say.  

The hospital is cooperating with the investigation. 

A McLaren Macomb official released a statement Wednesday night: “Though the investigation is ongoing and a definite source has not been identified, we are responding with an abundance of caution and partnering with the Macomb County Health Department to identify targeted areas in the hospital to implement additional precautions to our water management efforts.”

Legionnaires’ disease is a respiratory infection with symptoms that include cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and headaches, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Smokers, those with underlying illness and people over 50 are at higher risk for contracting the disease. 

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