Health Unit Confirm A Ninth Case of Legionnaire’s Disease in Orillia

Disease cannot be passed from person to person.

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.

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.