10 Legionnaire disease cases confirmed in Virginia county

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — The state of Virginia has confirmed 10 cases of Legionnaire’s disease in a county outside Richmond.

WWBT reported Thursday that the cases are in Chesterfield County. They’ve been confirmed in older adults and people with other medical conditions since May 1.

The Virginia Department of Health is investigating. The disease is caused by bacteria that occur naturally in lakes and streams. The state said most people exposed to the bacteria do not get Legionnaire’s disease.

Chesterfield Health District Director Dr. Alexander Samuel said in a press release that anyone who develops pneumonia-like symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath or muscle aches should seek medical treatment.

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The Chesterfield Health District is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to identify the source of the bacteria.

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Information from: WWBT-TV, http://www.wwbt.com/

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