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22 Sep 2018 | 05:20 PM UTC

US: Two cases of Legionnaires’ disease reported in Chicago

United States of America News Alert

Two cases of Legionnaires’ disease reported in Chicago as of mid-September; further spread of the disease possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/21/2018, 12:00 AM until 9/25/2018, 11:59 PM (America/Chicago). COUNTRY/REGION Chicago

Event

According to health officials, at least two confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease were reported in Chicago as of mid-September. Although the outbreak has been traced back to a downtown hotel, officials are reportedly still working to find the cause of the outbreak. Further spread of the disease is possible in the coming days.

Context

Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia caused by a bacterial infection in lungs that is contracted by breathing contaminated water vapor or dust. It is most likely to affect the middle-aged or the elderly, particularly those with a history of smoking or chronic lung disease. The most common symptoms are cough, shortness of breath, high fever, headaches, and muscle pains.

Advice

Individuals in Chicago are advised to monitor updates to the situation and adhere to instructions issued by authorities. Individuals experiencing the above symptoms should seek immediate medical attention, especially if part of a demographic at high-risk for the disease.

 

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