El Paso County Public Health reports 10 cases of Legionnaires' disease, more than twice the four cases reported by this time last year. While the risk to the public is low, Public Health spokesperson Danielle Oller reports, "We are investigating possible areas of overlap, which might indicate a common source." The investigation so far is inconclusive.
Legionnaires' disease is a form of pneumonia caused by bacteria found in warm, stagnant water, which is picked up by people through breathing in a mist or vapor containing the bacteria. It's not transferred from person to person. The rare disease causes fever, chills, cough, fatigue, muscle aches and headaches. It's treated with antibiotics.