Cases of Legionnaires’ Disease Soar in Michigan, With Majority in Metro Detroit

Hot weather, flooding rains and reopening of buildings after pandemic restrictions are some reasons for a big spike in Legionnaires’ disease in Michigan, according to state health officials. The flooding rains have also created the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes this summer. The Legionnaires’ outbreak is happening in 25 counties across the state but concentrated in Southeast Michigan with over 60% of the 107 infections occurring …

High Wycombe family’s heartbreak as woman dies after falling ill on holiday

The heartbroken family of a grandmother from High Wycombe who died after developing Legionnaires’ disease during a holiday in the Dominican Republic have called in lawyers to help them gain answers about her death. Lynn Stigwood, who was 70, fell ill with vomiting and diarrhoea during a 10-day stay at the Grand Sirenis resort in Punta Cana in August 2019. …

Man dismissed over Highlands school Legionella concerns

BBC News reports on a manager being dismissed after raising concerns of legionnaires developing in a water management system. A manager was constructively dismissed unfairly after raising concerns about a potentially harmful bug in school water supplies, a judge has decided. Bev Parkinson wrote a report critical of his employer, Mears Facilities Management. He said the design and management of …

Michigan Reports a 569% Increase in Legionnaires’ Disease Cases Since Last July

Michigan has recently experienced a significant year-over-year increase in reported cases of Legionnaires’ disease, and the source is unclear. In the first two weeks of July, 107 cases have been reported across 25 counties, a 569% increase from the 16 cases reported during the same time period in 2020, according to the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services. None of …

‘Elevated levels’ of legionella found at Darlington Memorial Hospital

The Northern Echo reports the showers on a hospital’s maternity unit will not be in use for weeks after special equipment was installed to stop legionella from entering its water system. The filtering equipment had to be installed at Darlington Memorial Hospital after elevated levels of legionella was discovered during routine testing of water samples on the site. A spokeswoman for …

Officials Link Cases of Legionnaires’ Disease to Minnesota Hotel Spa

State health officials are investigating cases of Legionnaires’ disease linked to an Albert Lea, Minn., hotel. Early evidence suggests the source of the respiratory disease may be the spa at the at the Ramada by Wyndham, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Investigators have identified two lab-confirmed cases among individuals from unrelated groups who spent time in the pool …

Officials link 2 cases of Legionnaires’ disease to Albert Lea hotel pool

Minnesota health officials are investigating cases of Legionnaires’ disease linked to a hotel in Albert Lea. Early evidence suggests the source of the respiratory disease may be the pool area at the Ramada by Wyndham, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Investigators have identified two lab-confirmed cases among individuals from unrelated groups who spent time in the pool and …

Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak in North Portland Apartment Remains a Mystery

Rosemont Court is an apartment in North Portland that has been in the news lately due to the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that has been going on in the building for six months now. According to KGW8, residents are forced to evacuate the building as many of them are still getting sick with Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia or lung …

12 sue Organigram over 2019 legionnaires’ disease outbreak

12 sue Organigram over 2019 legionnaires’ disease outbreak. CBC News reports of how 16 people became ill over 2 months in Moncton. Twelve lawsuits have been filed against Moncton-based cannabis producer Organigram by people who say they became ill during a legionnaires’ disease outbreak in 2019. Eleven separate lawsuits were filed in Moncton’s Court of Queen’s Bench on June 30, …