A recent interview with Thomas R. Frieden, Director of the CDC discussed the CDC’s struggles during the ongoing government shutdown. This interview revealed a previously unknown detail about the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Lauderdale County, AL, which is that the outbreak occurred at a residential facility in Lauderdale County. See below for an excerpt from the interview.
“[W]hat are the outbreaks that we don’t know about? At any one time, we’re investigating 25 or 30 clusters of illness…our monitoring systems throughout the agency are working at really skeletal levels and that means we have more blind spots, we may be slower to respond, and we may be less effective at prevention. For instance, here’s what we’re responding to right now: An outbreak of Legionella in a residential facility in Alabama. An outbreak of tuberculosis in another state.”
The investigation in Alabama is currently ongoing so further details have yet to be released. So far, there are ten confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease all in the Shoals area of Lauderdale County; two of these cases were reported in the first week of October of this year.