Officials are investigating a possible outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at McLaren Macomb hospital in Mount Clemens, Michigan. Legionnaires’ disease is a form of atypical pneumonia caused by any type of Legionella bacteria.
The bacterium found in water and soil can cause fever, headache, lethargy, muscle pain, diarrhea, and coughing up blood. The Macomb County Health Department and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported that seven cases of what could be Legionnaires’ disease have been reported since July.
William Ridella, director of Macomb’s health departments urges anyone who has recently been at McLaren Macomb or any other hospital in the area who experiences symptoms to contact their doctor.
Contact an Attorney After Suffering from Legionnaires’ Disease
According the World Health Organization, people with weak immune systems, chronic illnesses, smokers, and heavy drinkers are all at the highest risk for Legionnaires’ disease. If you think you have been exposed to the bacterium, we urge you to go to a doctor.
Outbreaks are often linked to poorly maintained air conditioning and water systems, humidifiers, and whirlpool spas. It is possible that the McLaren Macomb hospital was negligent, and if you have diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease in the past few months, call Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. for a consultation. By explaining your options and investigating the outbreak, an experienced attorney could help to file a claim on your behalf, so that you can focus on recovering from your condition.