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Legionnaires' outbreak reported in Detroit suburb
October 19, 1996
DETROIT (CNN) -- Detroit health officials were scrambling Friday to gain control of an apparent outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. Ten cases of the disease and two deaths were confirmed.
Health officials say they have not been able to pinpoint the source, but have narrowed the field to a 6-square-mile area that touches the communities of Farmington and Farmington Hills.
Legionnaires' disease, an infection of the lungs, is caused by a bacteria which breeds best in warm, moist conditions. Most outbreaks have been traced to water or air-conditioning systems in large public facilities. Symptoms in the first week of infection include headaches, muscular and abdominal pain, diarrhea and a dry cough.
Michigan last experienced a Legionnaires' outbreak in 1993, in which 24 people were sickened and two people died.
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