FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama public health officials say they're investigating at least 10 cases of Legionella pneumonia in northwestern Alabama.
Alabama Department of Public Health officials said Monday they've also looking into five possible cases in the Florence area.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, Legionella pneumonia is not spread by physical contact between people, but is contracted when someone inhales a mist or vapor containing the bacteria. The Legionella strain of pneumonia causes inflammation of the lungs.
CDC officials say the bacteria is typically found in hot tubs, cooling towers, hot water tanks, large plumbing systems and decorative fountains.
The state health department is working with physicians and hospitals to check for potential environmental sources of the bacteria.