Legionnaires’ disease case reported at Missouri mental health center

FARMINGTON, Mo. (AP) — State officials say a case of Legionnaires’ disease has been confirmed in a patient at a mental health centre in Farmington.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Mental Health says a patient from the Southeast Missouri Mental Health Centre was taken to a hospital, which discovered the Legionnaires’ case on Wednesday.

She says the 66-year-old man remains hospitalized Thursday in stable condition.

The Department of Health and Senior Services was at the centre Thursday conducting tests on the centre’s water systems.

Legionnaires’ disease is a serious form of pneumonia, which is generally spread through breathing in droplets of bacteria in water.

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