Outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease across the US as new figures show a 450% increase in cases over the past 15 years
- Legionnaires’ disease is a serious lung infection caused by legionella bacteria
- The CDC reports cases have increased by 450 percent from 2000 to 2015
- There has been outbreaks of the disease throughout the US in the past weeks
- Cases were at a Las Vegas hotel, New York police station and Florida gyms
- Nick Lyon was charged with involuntary manslaughter for the Flint water crisis where at least one person died of the disease
Cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been appearing across the United States in the past few weeks.
Four Florida gym-goers fell ill after coming into contact with contaminated water, two hotel guests in Last Vegas contracted the lung infection and New York City police officers were warned against showering at their station due to the disease.
The outbreak is concerning because of the warmer season when people are more likely to head to public swimming pools and use the showers and hot tubs, where most cases occur.
The potentially fatal disease is a severe form of pneumonia and develops when people breathe small droplets of bacteria-infected water.
Although contracting Legionnaires’ is rare, there has been a 450 percent increase of cases in the past two decades, according to a new CDC report.
The news comes on the same week Nick Lyon, head of the Michigan health department, was charged with involuntary manslaughter for the Flint water crisis, where at least one person died of Legionnaires’ disease.
The outbreaks follow a pattern of concerning news to America’s water supply as a report in May revealed that nearly 30 million people have contaminated tap water.
Two guests of the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas contracted Legionnaires’ disease while they were staying at the resort in the months of March and April.