27 Legionnaires’ cases reported in Milwaukee

Legionnaires' outbreak: Legionella pneumophila, the bacteria known to cause Legionnaires' disease.

Legionnaires’ outbreak: Legionella pneumophila, the bacteria known to cause Legionnaires’ disease.

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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.

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