New case of Legionnaires' disease reported in Genesee County

Contact: Angela Minicuci 517-763-3609

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 7, 2016

LANSING, Mich. – On Sept. 6, 2016, McLaren Hospital reported a new case of Legionnaires’ disease through the Michigan Disease Surveillance System (MDSS) electronic database, bringing the total to seven cases in Genesee County this year.

At this time, the MDHHS does not have additional information about the case, including whether or not it is healthcare-associated, as MDHHS is prohibited from fully investigating Legionella cases in Genesee County by a Protective Order.

MDHHS has no knowledge of any efforts by McLaren Hospital to appropriately assess, remediate and clear locations of patients with Legionnaires’ disease. MDHHS is alerting the public after being made aware of the case through MDSS which retains all reports of reportable diseases listed in the Public Health Code and Attendant Administrative Rules. Today, MDHHS also issued a Health Alert Network notification to advise the healthcare community in Genesee County of the ongoing need for vigilance and appropriate testing.

MDHHS recently filed a Writ of Superintending Control in the Michigan Court of Appeals regarding ex parte confidential Protective Orders preventing MDHHS from fully investigating cases of Legionella in Genesee County.

It is extremely important to ensure that all necessary remediation of any suspected cases of Legionnaires’ disease, particularly assessment of legionella water test results and remediation of associated water systems, be accomplished immediately in accordance with health standards and protocols.  Any questions or concerns should be referred to the local health department.

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