Legionnaires’ disease is associated with poorly maintained air conditioning, cooling towers and portable water systems. Cooling towers in Milwaukee may be linked to the outbreak.
A late start to summer weather in the Upper Midwest may be linked to an outbreak of 27 cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Milwaukee County since June 1 of this year, a health official said on Thursday.
The outbreak includes 19 cases of the illness, a severe form of pneumonia, among Milwaukee residents, according to the city’s health department. Two other county cases are suspected.