MDH Investigating 2 Cases of Legionnaires' Disease in Albert Lea

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Minnesota Department of Health

July 20, 2018 04:27 PM

The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating two cases of Legionnaires' disease at an Albert Lea senior living and care facility. 

A news release from MDH confirmed the two cases involved residents at St. John's Fountain Lake facility in Albert Lea. 

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The first resident began showing symptoms of the disease in early June, according to MDH. The second resident began showing symptoms Thursday. Both have been hospitalized, according to the release.

MDH is working with the facility to identify the possible source of the bacteria. 

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Legionnaires' disease is a bacterial pneumonia that is spread by inhaling the fine spray from water containing the bacteria, according to MDH. 

Symptoms of the disease include fever, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, chills, shortness of breath, loss of appetite and coughing.

RELATED: CDC Explainer on Legionnaires' Disease

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