MDHHS identifies new case of Legionnaires' Disease at Flint hospital

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FLINT (WJRT) - (5/20/19) - The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is investigating a case of Legionnaries' Disease at McLaren Flint Hospital.

MDHHS says a patient with the disease spent time at the hospital during their exposure period and had an illness onset in the beginning of May.

Legionnaries' Disease is a respiratory infection caused by Legionella bacteria. MDHHS says it is a severe infection that includes symptoms of fever, cough and radiologic findings consistent with pneumonia.

The department says this is part of an ongoing investigation of a cluster of cases reported in 2018 and 2019 with exposure histories that involve the hospital.