A CDC microbiologist examines a plate for Legionella growth. (Photo: courtesy of the CDC)
Two state health departments are investigating a Macomb County hospital after several cases of Legionnaires' disease were reported.
Macomb County Health Department and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services investigate McLaren Macomb Hospital in Mt. Clemens, who is looking for the source of the disease and decides if there are more infected people, according to a press release.
Six of the seven cases of Legionnaires' disease have been reported since mid-September, health departments say.
The hospital cooperates with the investigation.
A McLaren Macomb official released a statement Wednesday night: "Although the investigation is ongoing and a specific source has not been identified, we respond with an abundance of caution and are working with the Macomb County Health Department to identify targeted areas in hospitals to Take additional precautions for our water management efforts. "
Legionnaires' disease is a respiratory infection with symptoms that include cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle pain and headaches, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Smokers, people with underlying illness and people over the age of 50 are at higher risk of contracting the disease.
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