Selfridge Completes Legionnaires Investigation

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Command Officials reported today on the Legionnaires' outbreak that took place at Selfridge in July, confirming the source of the illness to be the water cooling tower as suspected earlier in the investigation.

Recommendations from the investigative team lead to hiring an outside contractor specializing in Legionella mitigation. Over the past several weeks they have been aggressively cleaning, sanitizing and testing the cooling tower and have developed a long-term plan for the continuation of maintenance and monitoring.

There have been no new confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease since early August when seven people were confirmed with the disease. The personnel who were confirmed with the diagnosis of Legionnaires' disease included employees from both the 127th Wing, Michigan Air National Guard and the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command. All were part of an employee base working at Selfridge.

"My primary concern is for the safety of our employees and I will do everything within my power to ensure that they have a safe and healthy work environment," said Maj. Gen. Kurt Stein, TACOM LCMC Commander.

The U.S. Army Public Health Command gave confirmation the investigation is complete and the previously restricted buildings are now clear for re-entry. All employees will re-enter the buildings by no later than Sept. 13.

"I appreciate the teamwork of the multi-disciplinary group assembled that responded and helped provide the safest possible work environment for the employees at Selfridge," said Brig. Gen. Michael L. Peplinski, 127th Wing Commander. The combined team's professionalism and dedication helped us to find resolution in a very timely manner."