The Minnesota Department of Health (“MDH”) stated on Friday, September 16, that there are now nine confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the Hopkins area, with patients ranging in age from their 20’s to their 90’s.
Officials have indicated that they are still unaware of the source of the Legionella bacteria responsible for the outbreak, and believe it is possible that they might never know. The MDH expects to see more cases of Legionnaires’ popping up within the Hopkins area as a result of the outbreak. Legionnaires’ disease is often misdiagnosed as pneumonia or other respiratory diseases.
The MDH has indicated they have spoken to multiple big businesses in the downtown Hopkins area to attempt to identify the source of the bacteria, including SuperValu and Thermotech regarding their cooling systems, and Cargill regarding its outdoor fountain. The MDH says they are looking at everything as a possible source of the bacteria.
One victim suffering from the disease is only 29 years old, and he was placed in a hospital’s intensive care unit as a result of his exposure to Legionella bacteria in Hopkins. His family is spreading the word of his condition, with the intention of educating others about Legionnaires’ disease.
Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S. Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.