Legionnaires' disease reported in Flint nursing home

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FLINT (WJRT) (1/19/2018) - A case of Legionnaires' disease has been reported at a residential care facility in Flint Township.

The Genesee County Health Department was notified within the last week about one person at Heritage Manor in Flint Township coming down with the disease.

Legionnaires' disease is a serious type of pneumonia caused by legionella bacteria. The bacteria is naturally occurring in safe concentrations but can spread rapidly inside a building water system.

Humans contract Legionnaires' by inhaling water droplets contaminated with the bacteria at high concentration.

The health department is still investigating the source of the infection and directing the facility to take certain steps to keep its residents safe.

Health officials say Heritage Manor is being cooperative with the investigation.

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