The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is investigating the source of several cases of Legionnaire’s Disease in Orillia.
Nine cases of the disease have been reported in Orillia, owing to a bacteria known as Legionella, commonly found in natural freshwater environments. It can become a health concern in water systems, according to the Health Unit. Eight cases were originally reported on October 11th, a ninth has since been added.
We are investigating Legionairres’ cases in Orillia. For more information on Legionnaires’ or the investigation visit our website https://t.co/nx5jZggMO6 or call Health Connection Mon to Fri 8:30am – 4:30pm 705-721-7520 (1-877-721-7520). pic.twitter.com/Wp1VUdEYSM— SMDHU (@SMDhealthunit) October 11, 2019
People can develop the disease by inhaling aerosolized water droplets containing the Legionella bacteria, while it cannot be passed from person to person. Most people exposed to the bacteria do not become ill.
Health investigators are focusing on the downtown area of the city. Anyone who has a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing should seek immediate medical attention.