University researchers investigate Legionnaires’ disease in Genesee County MI
Through systematic community-based sampling, the Flint Area Community Health and Environment Partnership (FACHEP) obtained 18 Legionella pneumophila isolates from environmental samples collected in 2016. Sixteen of the 18 isolates were identified as L. pneumophila serogroup 6.
“This is important because the urine antigen test commonly used to detect Legionnaires’ disease in patients targets a different type of L. pneumophila (serogroup 1). Therefore, it is important for medical professionals to continue to analyze sputum samples to diagnose Legionnaire’s disease,” said Dr. Michele Swanson, a microbiologist from the University of Michigan. Read more>