doctor folder Selfridge Workers Diagnosed With Legionnaires'


Two workers at Selfridge Air National Guard Base have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, an official said Tuesday.

Maj. Gen. Kurt Stein, TACOM LCMC commanding general, said the  pair was part of a group of 29 employees that had been diagnosed with upper respiratory illness earlier this month. 
“A pattern of illness became evident July 19,” Stein said in a statement. “We immediately began mitigation efforts.”

Two buildings have been isolated at the base, which was the common denominator it all of the cases. This past week end, both buildings were cleaned and sanitized, and the cooling system was treated with a disinfectant.  According to officials, tests are being conducted and the results should be available in 7-10 days.

The base’s Chief of Civil Engineering and Mechanical Operations said they are doing all they can to ensure safety at the facilities.

Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia caused by bacteria, that can sometimes be deadly.

Two conditions of the two afflicted workers have not yet been released.

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