A cooling tower in a beverage processing plant in Hopkins [Minnesota] has been identified as the likely source of a Legionnaires' disease outbreak in that community.
Some cases were within a block or two and others a little farther away from the company’s cooling tower. Twenty-three people were sickened in the outbreak. One person died. All of them lived or worked in Hopkins, or visited the city during the 10 days before they became ill.
The Hopkins cases nearly broke a Legionnaires' outbreak record for the state set two decades ago. In 1995 a Legionnaires' disease cluster in Luverne, MN climbed to 24 confirmed cases — the most ever in Minnesota. That same summer a separate outbreak in Mankato sickened 17 people.