The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is putting out a warning about a big increase in Legionnaires' disease cases in the state.

What is Legionnaires' disease?

To be totally honest, I wasn't 100% certain if I knew what Legionnaires' disease was. Let's break it down for ya. Legionnaires’ disease is an infection with symptoms that include fever, cough, and pneumonia. Most people catch Legionnaires' disease by inhaling the bacteria from water or soil. Older adults, smokers, and people with weakened immune systems are particularly susceptible to Legionnaires' disease. Basically, it's a severe form of pneumonia.

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According to WXYZ, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says that from July 1 to July 14, 107 cases of Legionnaires have been reported in 25 counties in Michigan. That's a 56% increase from last year.

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health:

Recent weather trends including rain, flooding, and warmer weather may be playing a role in the rise of reported legionellosis cases this summer. We want everyone to be aware of Legionnaire’s disease, especially if they may be at higher risk for illness and we ask that healthcare providers remain vigilant, and test and treat appropriately.

Wayne County, Oakland County, Macomb County, and the City of Detroit are leading in the state with the most confirmed cases. As of right now, no deaths have been reported.

My lungs are pretty jacked up due to an infection I had when I was a kid, so I think I would be considered at risk if I came in contact with Legionella.

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