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27 Jan 2019 | 11:28 PM UTC

US: Legionnaires' disease outbreak reported in West Virginia

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Legionnaires' disease outbreak reported in Brooke county (West Virginia); at least six cases reported as of mid-January

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/22/2019, 12:00 AM until 2/1/2019, 11:59 PM (America/New_York). COUNTRY/REGION Brooke county (West Virginia)

Event

Health officials in West Virginia have reported an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Brooke county. According to local sources, at least six cases have been confirmed as of mid-January. Authorities have launched an investigation to locate the source 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 West Virginia 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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