The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed six cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the city of Hopkins. The source of the bacteria remains unknown.
All six of the patients are over 50 years old. As of Friday, three of the patients remained hospitalized; two had recovered, and the status of the most recent case remained unknown. The MDH is conducting tests and investigations into possible connections between the cases. Four of the patients live in Hopkins, but no further links have been found. Health officials are looking into supermarkets, ornamental fountains, and local buildings with cooling towers as potential sources.
The case illustrates the value of communication between health departments across state lines, as local officials have noted. Richard Danila of the MDH mentions that one of the locations being investigated is a large distribution center with significant interstate trucking traffic. By notifying national health authorities, Hopkins officials hope to learn about other potential cases and narrow the possible source of the bacteria.
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Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S. Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.