Legionnaires' Diseases Strikes McHenry County

Bob Roberts
July 11, 2018 - 6:11 pm
Legionella Pneumophila Bacteria, illustration work in high details

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- At least nine McHenry County residents have contracted Legionnaires' disease since early last month.

County and state health officials want to know where and how they picked it up.

McHenry County Health Department officials reported three cases of the potentially deadly disease in 2015; four in 2017 and nine in all of 2016.

So, spokesperson Keri Zaleski says, the nine cases confirmed since June 7 have county and state health officials concerned.

The county and state health departments don't know if there is one source or several.

All but one are out of the hospital. They range in age from 46 to 82 and are scattered around the county.

Symptoms of Legionnaires' disease include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills and shortness of breath.