New cases of Legionnaires' disease in Milwaukee

CREATED Jul 24, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Health Department says they have confirmed more cases of Legionnaires' disease in our area.

They say 19 people in the city have been diagnosed with it since June 1, and they've found 27 cases of it in Milwaukee County.

“Our environmental health staff has taken samples from a variety of potential community sources. All samples have returned negative results,” said health commissioner Bevan Baker in a statement. “The City of Milwaukee Health Department continues to closely monitor cases and is engaged in outreach efforts regarding possible sources.”

The city says that you can't get it from drinking water, but possibly from large cooling towers, hot water tanks, hot tubs and decorative fountains.

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