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Title: #USA, #Michigan: Eighth case of #Legionnaires' disease reported in #Genesee County.

Subject: Legionellosis, cluster of cases in Michigan.

Source: US State of Michigan Department of Health, full page: (LINK).

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Eighth case of Legionnaires' disease reported in Genesee County


For Immediate Release: September 16, 2016


The eighth case of Legionnaires’ disease in Genesee County this year has been reported through the Michigan Disease Surveillance System (MDSS) electronic database, which retains all reports of reportable diseases listed in the Public Health Code and Attendant Administrative Rules.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services identified the case after it was reported into MDSS by Hurley Hospital. 

The referral indicates that the patient is a male resident of Genesee County.

Since MDHHS is prohibited from fully investigating Legionella cases in Genesee County by a Protective Order, further information is not available.

On September 15, the Michigan Court of Appeals granted the Department’s request to review the Protective Orders as a result of MDHHS filing a Writ of Superintending Control.

Although the Protective Orders are still in effect, the Department looks forward to getting this important public health issue resolved in an expedited manner.

MDHHS is alerting the public after being made aware of the eighth Legionella case in Genesee County through MDSS.

Today, MDHHS also issued a Health Alert Network notification to advise the healthcare community in Genesee County of the ongoing need for vigilance and appropriate testing.

Any questions or concerns should be referred to the local health department.

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Keywords: USA; Updates; Michigan; Legionellosis.