Health Division Reports Increase in Legionnaires’ Disease

Oakland County Health Division reports 52 confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease, marking an upward trend compared to 2017 when 47 cases occurred. This increased trend is also occurring statewide. “Legionnaires’ disease can be very serious,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County Health Division. “Individuals that smoke or have chronic respiratory ailments are at higher risk of getting sick. Talk to your healthcare provider for prompt diagnosis and treatment if you think … [Read more...]

Health Division advises residents to maintain cooling systems to prevent Legionnaires’ Disease

Oakland County Health Division, under the leadership of County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, is taking proactive steps to advise residents that routine cleaning and maintenance of devices that produce water mist help to prevent Legionnaires' disease, a respiratory infection caused by bacteria called Legionella. Devices that produce water mist include air conditioners, cooling condensers, cooling tower units, whirlpools, spas, room humidifiers, and outdoor misting systems. The Michigan … [Read more...]