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Maine CDC investigating cluster of Legionella cases

Maine CDC is currently investigating the identity of the common exposure among the cases to determine the correlation of each case

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention released to the public Friday its active investigation of a cluster of six Legionella cases in the Greater Bangor area that have occurred at a rate higher than average for the region.Maine CDC is currently investigating the identity of the common exposure among the cases to determine the correlation of each case.Health care providers have diagnosed approximately one new case each month since November 2018. The individuals with Legionella were hospitalized and one person with the illness died. Maine CDC has yet to deem the bacteria as the cause of that death.The Maine CDC announced the investigation to make the public aware, but residents in the area do not need to take any specific actions in response. Legionnaires’ disease cannot be spread from person to person.Over the last five years, Penobscot County has averaged three Legionella cases per year. Legionella bacteria are found naturally in freshwater environments, such as lakes and streams.There were almost 7,500 cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the United States in 2017. Last year, there were 33 cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Maine. Because it is underdiagnosed, these numbers may underestimate the true incidence rate.

AUGUSTA, Maine —

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention released to the public Friday its active investigation of a cluster of six Legionella cases in the Greater Bangor area that have occurred at a rate higher than average for the region.

Maine CDC is currently investigating the identity of the common exposure among the cases to determine the correlation of each case.

Health care providers have diagnosed approximately one new case each month since November 2018. The individuals with Legionella were hospitalized and one person with the illness died. Maine CDC has yet to deem the bacteria as the cause of that death.

The Maine CDC announced the investigation to make the public aware, but residents in the area do not need to take any specific actions in response. Legionnaires’ disease cannot be spread from person to person.

Over the last five years, Penobscot County has averaged three Legionella cases per year.

Legionella bacteria are found naturally in freshwater environments, such as lakes and streams.

There were almost 7,500 cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the United States in 2017. Last year, there were 33 cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Maine. Because it is underdiagnosed, these numbers may underestimate the true incidence rate.

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