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Eleven confirmed cases of Legionnaires' discovered in Lauderdale County

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Florence, AL -

Health officials are investigating an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease centered at a northwest Alabama nursing home.

Eleven lab confirmed cases have been seen in the Florence area. Another eight pneumonia illnesses are being investigated as possibly being Legionnaires'.

The Alabama Department of Public Health released details of the investigation Wednesday. Two people have been hospitalized.

Legionnaires' disease is a bacterial infection that can cause deadly pneumonia. It does not spread from person to person. Instead, people get it from inhaling contaminated mist or vapor. Tainted shower water, air conditioning systems or whirlpool spas are among the ways bacteria get in the air.

The source of the current outbreak is not yet known, but at least eight of the cases have been living at a Florence nursing home.

The usual number of cases of Legionella in northwest Alabama is about four cases per year.

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