Springfield Legionnaires probably not from cancer center

Blood sample with legionella positive - Legionnaires' disease

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield-Green County Health Department has determined that two people with Legionnaires’ disease probably did not get it from a local outpatient cancer center.

Department administrator of community health and epidemiology Kendra Findley said water samples from Mercy health system’s center found evidence of a type of Legionella species but not the type two local people had contracted.

Findley said Green County has an average of 4.5 Legionella cases a year and health officials are heightening their surveillance for the disease.

The department had said in a news release thattwo cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been reported since late April among individuals who visited Mercy’s outpatient cancer center.

People are infected with a severe form of pneumonia by inhaling airborne water droplets containing the Legionella bacterium.

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