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Maine Health Authorities Investigate Six Cases of Legionellosis in Bangor Region



BANGOR, Maine (WABI) Maine health officials said half a dozen people in the Bangor region contracted Legionnaires' disease, a higher than normal rate.

The CDC tries to identify whether this is a coincidence or a common exposure.

According to the authorities, the six people were hospitalized and one person died, although Maine CDC did not determine that the bacteria had caused the death of this person.

Legionellosis is a type of pneumonia that can occur when individuals inhale water droplets containing the Legionella bacteria.

It is not transmitted from person to person and most healthy people exposed to this bacteria do not get sick.

Officials say residents of the area do not need to take specific actions, but health-care providers in the area have been notified so they can consider testing for the disease.

For more information on Legionella, visit:

Maine CDC website: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/legionellosis.shtml

Federal CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/legionella/about/index.html


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