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20 Affected by Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak in Milwaukee County

Posted on July 18, 2013 4:03 pm under Legionnaires' Disease

A recent outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, a particularly severe form of pneumonia caused by a bacterium known as legionella, has public health officials in Milwaukee looking for the source of the outbreak. At least 20 cases have already been reported in Milwaukee County since June 1st, in what appears to have been two periods of exposure, one in early June and another in July. At least four of those who have been affected by the disease remain hospitalized.

Legionnaires’ disease is a serious illness, killing on average between 10-30% of those who contract it, although it can be effectively treated with antibiotics if detected early enough. Symptoms include pain in the chest, difficulty breathing, vomiting, and diarrhea. The disease is contracted through the inhalation of the bacteria, which are typically transmitted through traveling water droplets or mist. Legionella is especially prone to develop in warm, standing water, which becomes a greater problem in the summer months.

At Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, our attorneys are prepared to represent those who may have contracted Legionnaires’ disease as a result of the negligence or recklessness of others. Contact our offices today by calling us at (414) 271-0900 to learn more about what we can do.