6 Legionnaires infections under investigation in New Mexico

The New Mexico Department of Health is investigating a cluster of six Legionnaires' cases in Chaves County.

All six cases have occurred since the first week in October among individuals with underlying health issues. Two of the patients, both over the age of 60, have died.

"We are working with the patients and their family members to determine if there is a common link or exposure among the patients," said Lynn Gallagher, the department of health secretary.

Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria. It is not spread via person-to-person contact or by drinking water, but can be contracted by inhaling mist from infected water sources, such as cooling misters and plumbing systems.

To learn more about Legionnaires', click here.

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