Genesee County reports three additional cases of Legionnaires’ Disease

Three additional cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been identified in Genesee by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).

State officials said there have been 91 cases of Legionnaires’ Disease and 12 deaths in Genesee County since June 2014.

Legionnaires’ Disease is a respiratory infection caused by the bacteria Legionella. It can lead to pneumonia or less seriously, Pontiac Fever. The bacteria is not passed from person to person.

Legionella grows best in warm water like potable water systems, cooling tanks, hot tubs and decorative fountains.

Fifty-five percent of the Genesee County cases have been traced to a hospital in Flint. A press release from MDHHS said the increase in Legionnaires disease has not been linked to Flint’s water crisis but a connection has also not been ruled out.