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Legionella Pneumonia in North Alabama

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Legionella Pneumonia is showing up in Lauderdale County. Legionella Pneumonia is showing up in Lauderdale County.

There is an outbreak of Legionella Pneumonia in Northwest Alabama.

The State Health Department says doctors have diagnosed ten people over the past two months in Lauderdale County, and there are five other possible cases.

 Two new cases were reported in the first week of October, but none since then.

Legionella bacteria is not spread by personal contact. It's found in warm water, like hot tubs, hot water tanks, large plumbing systems and decorative fountains.

Karen Landers, M.D, with the Alabama Dept. of Health, says, "We are looking at the environment here. And seeing if there is a factor or other factors that have caused this increase. That is why we are doing some environmental testing right now."

At least two people remain hospitalized from the illness.

Normally there are just 4 cases in this area per year.

 

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