8th case of Legionnaires' in Wilson County

WILSON, N.C. (AP) — Wilson County officials have confirmed an eighth case of Legionnaires' disease linked to a nursing and rehabilitation facility.

The Wilson Times reported (http://bit.ly/1rcYXvH) that health department spokeswoman Joyce Wetherington said she could not comment on whether the person was a visitor or patient.

Officials said there are other suspected cases that are not related to any facility.

Wilson County reported 11 cases last year. There were 90 cases in the state last year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been consulted for what state officials are calling an outbreak in Wilson.

Legionella is a bacterium usually found in hot water and in systems producing aerosols or mist. People can become infected when they breathe in a mist or vapor that has been contaminated. Most people are unaffected.

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Information from: The Wilson Daily Times, http://www.wilsondaily.com

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