Quite a few cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been reported to the Henderson County Department of Public Health, based on an official release Wednesday.
Statewide, NC health officials confirm 14 cases of Legionnaires’ disease.
As of Wednesday, September 25, there are six confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Henderson County.
The investigation of these cases is ongoing. The NC Communicable Disease Branch is working with Mountain State Fair organizers to analyze a potential connection of these cases with attendance at the fair earlier this month, Sept. 6-15.
Legionnaires’ disease is brought on by Legionella bacteria. It’s spread by water droplets in the air that people can breathe in. Legionnaires’ disease isn’t usually spread person to person.
State health officials, event organizers, and local health departments are investigating reports and working to identify a source.
Legionnaires’ disease causes severe lung infection or pneumonia. Symptoms could include cough, high fever, weakness, muscle aches, headaches, and shortness of breath.
Legionnaires’ disease is treated with antibiotics. Most people who get sick with it must be hospitalized; however, get better completely.
However, based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 out of 10 people with Legionnaires’ disease die from the infection. Anyone who attended the Mountain State Fair and is sick with symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease should see a healthcare provider and talk about Legionnaires’ disease with them.