5 people with Legionnaires's disease in Hopkins

HOPKINS, Minn. - State health officials are investigating a cluster of five confirmed cases of Legionnaires's disease in Hopkins.

Officials say the five people live or work in Hopkins and became ill between August 4 and September 1.

Three are currently hospitalized, and two others were hospitalized and have recovered.

The patients are all over the age of 50.

The City of Hopkins sent out a news release:
"Citizens should be aware that the city's water is safe and is not the cause of the outbreak. It is also important to note that Legionnaires' Disease does not spread from person to person.
People over the age of 50, smokers, or those with certain medical conditions, including weakened immune systems, chronic lung disease or other chronic health conditions, are at increased risk for Legionnaires' disease."

The Minnesota Department of Health says they usually see 50 to 60 cases of Legionnaires's disease each year. More than 60 cases have been reported in the state so far this year, mirroring a national increase in cases. No other clusters have been reported in Minnesota this year.

For specific symptoms of the disease and for more information please visit the MDH website.


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