A CDC microbiologist examines a plate for legionella growth. (Photo courtesy of the CDC)
Two state health departments are investigating a hospital in Macomb County after several cases of Legionnaires' Disease have been reported.
The Macomb County Health Department and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are investigating McLaren Macomb Hospital in Mt. According to a press release, Clemens is searching for the cause of the disease and determining if there are more people infected.
Six of the seven cases of Legionnaires' Disease have been reported since mid-September, health officials said.
The hospital is cooperating with the investigation.
A McLaren Macomb official issued a statement on Wednesday evening: "Although the investigation is ongoing and no clear source has been identified, we are extremely cautious and work with the Macomb County Department of Health to target areas in the area "Legionnaire's disease is a respiratory infection with symptoms such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and headaches, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention." Smokers, critically ill and people over 50 are at higher risk for disease.
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