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JS: 18 cases of Legionnaire's Disease investigated in Milwaukee County

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JS: 18 cases of Legionnaire's Disease investigated in Milwaukee County

CREATED Jul. 17, 2013 - UPDATED: Jul. 18, 2013

MILWAUKEE - Health officials are investigating 18 cases of Legionnaire's Disease in Southeast Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Department of Health is investigating the cases in Milwaukee County as an outbreak, as all 18 cases have been reported since June 1, according to the Journal Sentinel. Thirteen of the 18 cases are in the city of Milwaukee.

"Legionnaire's Disease is a severe form of pneumonia caused by a bacterium known as legionella," according to the newspaper. "The disease does not spread person to person. People get sick by inhaling the bacterium."

The disease can be fatal, but can be cured by antibiotics if found quickly.

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