Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Lung Infection Tied To City's Water Supply

Deadly Legionnaires' disease in Minnesota that killed six and sickened 134 may have infected people via their SHOWERS or taps — as outbreak is linked back to contaminated water systems 
An outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Minnesota has been traced back to the local water supply, state health officials report. The state suffered 134 cases and six deaths last year in the outbreak, which is caused by a bacterial infection that damages people's lungs and causes a severe form of pneumonia. Now, in at least one city in northeastern Minnesota, the outbreak has been traced to the area's municipal water supply, which provides water to more than 3,200 residents through their faucets and showerheads. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) confirmed that the 14 cases in Grand Rapids was caused by people being exposed to contaminated water, such as by washing hands, taking showers and baths, and brushing their teeth. Source

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