Legionnaires’ Disease Update: Confirmed Count Now 18 Cases

For immediate release:
August 19, 2002

Contact: Linda Dorey
Vermont Department of Health
802-863-7281

BURLINGTON—As of 3 p.m. Monday, health officials investigating an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the Waterbury area have confirmed a total of 18 cases. There have been no deaths and only one person remains hospitalized.

The most recent date of onset of illness in the identified cases was August 10.

Two of the illnesses are being classified as sporadic cases; the remainder are associated with the Waterbury outbreak.

More than 120 people who exhibited symptoms consistent with the illness have been tested and found to be negative for Legionnaires’ disease. Eleven individuals are reported to have become ill with a milder form of illness caused by the same bacterium that causes Legionnaires’ disease.

For more information on Legionnaires’ disease, visit the CDC website—www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dbmd/diseaseinfo/legionellosis_g.htm