Legionnaire’s disease outbreak in Wisconsin

In Wisconsin a Legionnaire’s disease outbreak started, but geography and good surveillance came to the rescue. Thomas Haupt, an epidemiologist for the Wisconsin Division of Public Health, explains how the disease was tracked to a hospital waterfall.

“Well, it started off with our routine surveillance for Legionnaires’ disease in Wisconsin. We did notice that within a four week period in this small area we had at least eight cases of Legionnaires’ disease. Our follow-up is to ask questions as to where they may have been in the 10 days prior to their onset of illness. At least six of the patients identified that they had been in one particular hospital,” says Thomas.

Source: NPR

Sachiye Day, VERTICES research assistant. sachiye@vertices.com

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