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Legionnaires’ Disease Cases Up in Michigan With Warmer Weather

Legionella-related illnesses are on the rise in Michigan, state health officials are warning, due largely to the record high temperatures being reported nationwide.

Michigan has seen a nearly 30% increase this year in the number of patients diagnosed with legionellosis, which includes Legionnaires’ disease and the milder Pontiac fever, compared with this time last year, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).

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What’s the problem?

July 10, 2018 – MDHHS reported a total of 139 confirmed cases from Jan. 1 to July 6 in 33 Michigan counties, according to the Detroit Free Press. This compares with 107 cases by July 6 of last year. And it’s nearly double the number of total cases of legionnaires’ reported during the same time period 2 years ago, when 79 people fell ill with legionellosis.

MDHHS spokeswoman Lynn Suftin said the increased rates don’t constitute an outbreak of legionella, and noted the statewide numbers are consistent with trends across the U.S.

“The incidence of Legionnaires’ disease is increasing both nationally and in Michigan in a similar trend line,” she said. “However, the incidence of disease in Michigan remains consistently higher than the national average.”

The reason, according to Suftin? Easy. The hotter than normal conditions this summer.

“Michigan and the rest of the country are experiencing long stretches of hot, humid weather,” she said. “Warm, stagnant waters present the best environment for bacterial growth.”

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