Michigan experiencing increase in legionellosis cases

(Photo: CDC)

Posted by The Huron Hub on Monday, July 8, 2019

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is coordinating with local health departments across the state to investigate cases of legionellosis this summer. To date in 2019, there have been 140 confirmed cases of legionellosis reported in 38 counties compared to 135 confirmed cases during the same timeframe in 2018.

Confirmed cases include 19 in Oakland County, 16 in Wayne County, 13 in Macomb County, 11 in Genesee County and 10 cases each in the City of Detroit and Kent County.

This increase corresponds with national increases in legionellosis. Legionellosis is most common in the summer and early fall when warming, stagnant waters present the best environment for bacterial growth in water systems.

MDHHS and local health departments are working to inform healthcare providers of the increase in cases and share information regarding testing and treatment. Legionellosis is a respiratory infection caused by Legionella bacteria. Legionnaires’ disease is an infection with symptoms that include fever, cough and pneumonia. A milder form of legionellosis, Pontiac fever, is an influenza-like illness without pneumonia that resolves on its own. 

“With warmer days now here, we want everyone to be aware of Legionnaire’s disease, especially if they may be at higher risk for illness,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health. “We also want all healthcare providers to remain vigilant and test and treat appropriately.”

Legionella bacteria are found naturally in fresh water lakes and streams but can also be found in man-made water systems. Potable water systems, cooling towers, whirlpool spas and decorative fountains offer common environments for bacterial growth and transmission if they are not cleaned and maintained properly. Warm water, stagnation and low disinfectant levels are conditions that support growth in these water systems.

Transmission to people occurs when mist or vapor containing the bacteria is inhaled. Legionellosis does not spread person to person. Risk factors for exposure to Legionella bacteria include:

  • Recent travel with an overnight stay.
  • Recent stay in a healthcare facility.
  • Exposure to hot tubs.
  • Exposure to settings where the plumbing has had recent repairs or maintenance work.

Most healthy individuals do not become infected after exposure to Legionella. Individuals at a higher risk of getting sick include the following:

  • People over age 50.
  • Current or former smokers.
  • People with chronic lung disease.
  • People with weakened immune systems from diseases, such as cancer, diabetes or liver or kidney failure.
  • People who take immunosuppressant drugs.

Individuals with any concerns about Legionnaires’ disease or exposure to the Legionella bacteria should talk to their healthcare provider. MDHHS and local health departments will continue to monitor cases and provide updates to the public. More information on Legionella and Legionnaires’ disease can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Source: State of Michigan


Heat advisory issued Friday; strong storms possible in the evening

Posted by The Huron Hub on July 5, 2019

Just one day after the holiday, summer is really showing it has arrived in full force.

A heat advisory is in effect Friday. Heat index could reach 100 degrees this afternoon.

Here is information from the National Weather Service in Detroit about today’s forecast:

A Heat Advisory is in effect from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. for the greater Detroit metro counties of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb. Peak heat indices will reach 95-100 degrees this afternoon and evening in these areas. These heat indices will lead to hazardous conditions, particularly for those who are elderly and with pre-existing conditions.

In addition to the heat, scattered thunderstorms will be possible today, especially this afternoon and evening. Some thunderstorms may be strong, with torrential downpours, wind gusts in excess of 40 mph, and frequent cloud to ground lightning. The slow storm movement could allow for localized areas to see 1-2 inches of rain, which may lead to poor drainage flooding.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

Holiday forecast: steamy weather with storm chances all week

It’s going to be a hot, steamy, and stormy holiday week.

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
Posted Monday, July 1, 2019

The Fourth of July is almost here, so let me wish all Huron Hub readers a happy and safe holiday!

The weather on and around Independence Day is important — many will have barbecues, parties, outdoor fun, and other festivities to attend during the next week.

The weather looks pretty hot, steamy, and stormy as we head into the holiday week.

Here is a glance at the forecast:

The weather for the upcoming holiday week looks pretty unstable. Almost everyday has a chance of storms, as well as heat and humidity.



Impaired driving crackdown begins today across Michigan

During this holiday week crackdown, officers will be on the look out for motorists under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Posted Monday, July 1, 2019

Law enforcement officers from police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police are encouraging motorists to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with caution and have a plan to get home safely. Law enforcement wants to remind drivers that any form of impaired driving is illegal.

“Driving while impaired is completely preventable as are the deaths and injuries that result from this behavior,” said Michael Prince, OHSP director.  “The campaign is designed to inform the public that additional patrols will be out in force, and they should make alternate arrangements for transportation before drinking.  There is absolutely zero tolerance for impaired driving in Michigan.”

Stepped up drunk driving enforcement will take place July 1-14 across the state. During last year’s Fourth of July holiday, there were seven traffic fatalities with at least one crash involving alcohol.

During this crackdown, officers will be on the look out for motorists under the influence of drugs and alcohol. In Michigan, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher, although motorists can be arrested at any BAC level if an officer believes they are impaired. Michigan has what is commonly referred to as a zero-tolerance drugged driving law.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is supported with federal traffic safety funds provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and coordinated by the OHSP.

Source: Michigan State Police


Wayne County will prep local roads to be chlorinated; residents asked not to park on roadside

Posted Wednesday, June 26, 2019


Beginning tomorrow, June 27th, 2019, Wayne County will be prepping some of our roads for chlorinating. They are asking that vehicles not be left on the side of the roadways. They will be concentrating heavily in the Willow area and will be spending a significant amount of time working on Weigel along with other side roads in that area. Any assistance would be appreciated.

Source: Huron Department of Public Safety

Driver dies in crash on Hannan Road early Sunday morning

A photo posted on social media shows Huron Township firefighters responding to the scene of a fatal accident Sunday morning on Hannan Road. (Photo: Facebook)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
Posted Monday, June 24, 2019

Huron Township police say speed and alcohol may have played a roll in a fatal car crash that occurred on Hannan Road early Sunday morning.

After the crash ocurred, police say witnesses attempted to save the driver pinned in the fire engulfed car but unfortunately were unsuccessful.

Police and fire units responded to the 18400 block of Hannan Road at 1:19 a.m.

Upon arrival, officers and medical personnel on the scene found the vehicle involved fully engulfed in flames and the driver trapped inside the vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene and has yet to be identified.

“I want to thank the multiple residents that did all they could to try and free to the victim from the vehicle. They each risked their own well-being to try and help without hesitation. Unfortunately, there was nothing they could do. It shows what a great community we live in,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety.

The Michigan State Police Accident Reconstruction Team responded to the scene to assist the Huron Township Traffic Services Unit with the investigation.

The investigation is ongoing and further information will be released when it’s available, Robbins said.

An initial investigation shows that speed and alcohol appear to be factors in the crash.

No one else was injured.

Forecast: Summer weather is finally here

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
Posted Monday, June 24, 2019

Good Monday morning, Huron Township.

Let’s start the week off with some good news for summer fans — the weather we all long for is here, and it looks like things are even going to heat up.

Now that summer is official on the calendar, it seems like someone turned a switch from off to on.

After a beautiful weekend, some storms, rain and gloom will stick around on Monday, but then it’s heat and sunshine after that.

Temps could even reach near 90 degrees on Friday.

Of course with heat comes the chance for storms, so a random one can’t be ruled out.

Here is the five day forecast. Have a great week: