3 more cases of Legionnaires’ in Wilson County

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WILSON, N.C. (AP) - Wilson County officials have confirmed three more cases of Legionnaires’ disease.

The Wilson Times reported (http://bit.ly/1rcYXvH) that health department officials said one of the three new cases is not related to a health care facility.

The latest report raises the total in Wilson County to 11 cases. The county reported 11 cases in all of 2013.

Seven cases are linked to Wilson Pines, two of which are visitors. There are three cases now linked to Longleaf-Neuro Medical Treatment Center, all residents. Two cases there were classified as retrospective cases or no longer symptomatic.

Legionella is a bacterium usually found in hot water and in systems producing aerosols or mist. People can become infected when they breathe in a mist or vapor that has been contaminated. Most people are unaffected.

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Information from: The Wilson Daily Times, http://www.wilsondaily.com

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