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Wayne State partners with Michigan health departments to increase awareness of Legion

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"Friday's event is aimed at offering technical support as local buildings implement standards to reduce the potential of Legionella, typically found in warm water areas such as hot hubs, decorative fountains and hot water tanks.

The disease can infect people's lungs and cause pneumonia and lead to death.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with the Genesee County Health Department and Wayne State University are urging residents to become educated on the disease as the summer months approach.

"It is important that our residents know the signs and symptoms of Legionnaires' disease and that they seek medical attention right away if they become ill," said Mark Valacak, county health officer.

The symptoms for the disease include muscle aches, shortness of breath, high fever, and headaches.

Residents more susceptible to Legionnaires' Disease include those 50 years old and above, as well as those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a weakened immune system, and current or former smokers."