Legionnaire's disease diagnosed at west metro senior living center

Health officials are investigating two cases of Legionnaire’s disease at a senior living center in Maple Grove.

Both residents at SilverCreek on Main are hospitalized and recovering, health officials said Thursday. SilverCreek provides memory, assisted living and independent living care.

“Available evidence indicates the source of the Legionella, the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease, is most likely within the building water system, though an exact source must still be determined,” said a statement from the Minnesota Department of Health. “An assessment of the facility’s plumbing system is underway.”

Because cases are often clustered and the disease kills about 10 percent of those infected, Legionnaire’s disease cases are closely monitored by public health officials. Legionnaire’s disease is a type of pneumonia, or lung infection.

Relatives of residents at the facility have been notified of the situation, and “protective measures” have been implemented, according to the statement.

According to the Department of Health, Minnesota typically sees 50-60 cases in a year, and the last major outbreak was in 2016 in Hopkins.

Maple Grove’s city water supply meets state standards.

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