UPDATE: 17 confirmed Legionnaires' cases in Hopkins

MINNEAPOLIS - An additional three cases of Legionnaires' disease have been reported in Hopkins, according of health officials. 

The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed three more cases on Thursday -- a day after announcing the first death due to the outbreak. 

On Wednesday, the department said an elderly person died after contracting Legionnaires in Hopkins. 

Officials say those who contracted the disease were people who live, work or have visited Hopkins before Sept. 9.

Five of the victims are hospitalized. All of the three new cases include people who are 50 or older. 

The state Health Department says it continues to investigate other possible cases. The investigation also continues into the source or sources of the disease.

Officials say cooling units on large buildings can be a source of the disease. Legionnaires' can cause pneumonia-like symptoms, including cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, headaches and fever. The disease is not spread person-to-person.


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