LCC expected to reopen Health and Human Services building Monday, Nov. 11

LANSING, MI. (WILX) -- Lansing Community College has announced that in consultation with the mid-Michigan District Health Department and the Ingham County Health Department, and with no confirmed addition cases of Legionnaires' disease among students or staff, the Health and Human Services building is scheduled to reopen on Monday, Nov. 11, according to a news release.

Public health officials are worried an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease at a suburban Chicago retirement home appears to be spreading with two new cases in the nearby community. (Photo: CDC / License Link)

A spokesperson for Lansing Community College said that some classes in the Health and Human Services building picked back up Friday.

The Health and Human Services building on LCC's campus has been closed since Thursday, as a preventative measure, after a faculty member was diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease.

LCC received verification that the employee was diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease and another employee reported flu-like symptoms shortly after, according to the release.

LCC said the second employee's test results are confirmed negative for Legionella and it remains unknown where the first employee contracted Legionnaires' disease.

LCC said local health departments will continue to work to identify the source.

Over the next couple of weeks, LCC said as a further precaution, the college will independently pursue additional testing and cleaning of the Health and Human Services building.

Legionnaires' disease is a very serious, but rare type of lung infection.

It's found in water and the only way it can infect someone is if it gets in their lungs.

Health officials say Legionnaires' disease can easily be treated with antibiotics, but finding the source of the bacteria won't be easy.

Linda Vail, Ingham County Health Officer said, "It could be any number of things. We have no idea if that's the facility that it came from or if there was a hot tub or something like that."

News 10 was informed the faculty member infected with Legionnaires' disease is "doing better."

The County Health Department tells News 10 there does not appear to be any link between the sick employee at LCC and the recent discovery of Legionella bacteria at Michigan State.

At MSU there were never any reports of anyone getting sick.

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