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Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak In Orillia

Posted: 2019-10-11 12:37:48 By: hbr

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) is investigating a cluster of Legionnaires' Disease cases in the Orillia area. The health units says eight cases of Legionnaires' Disease have been confirmed in individuals who reside in or have visited the City of Orillia in recent weeks.

Legionnaires' Disease is a type of pneumonia (lung infection) caused by bacteria. 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 disease can cause a variety of symptoms. Some of the most common are fever, chills, cough, and difficulty breathing. Other symptoms can also develop, such as headaches, muscle pain, and digestive problems (e.g. loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea). 

The health unit recommends anyone with concerns that they may be ill to call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or seek immediate medical attention if they have difficulty breathing.