News Stories About Legionnaires Disease Outbreaks
Below are some stories about Legionella cases. Bond Water Technologies offers this information solely for information purposes. We want to make sure we keep everyone up-to-date with what is happening in the industry.
A late start to summer weather in the Upper Midwest may be linked to an outbreak of 27 cases of Legionnaire’s disease in Milwaukee County since June 1 of this year, a health official said on Thursday.
The outbreak includes 19 cases of the illness, a severe form of pneumonia, among Milwaukee residents, according to the city’s health department. Two other county cases are suspected.
The disease is contracted by breathing in a mist or vapor contaminated with the Legionella bacteria, which can grow in cooling towers, showers, decorative fountains and other water sources. People already in poor health, including those who smoke heavily and have chronic lung disease, are the most vulnerable.
The Milwaukee outbreak may be linked to cooling towers on large buildings, according to Paul Biedrzycki, director of disease control and environmental health for the Milwaukee Health Department. They are typically readied for hot weather in late April and early May, but were turned on later this year because warm weather arrived unusually late, he said.
Posted: Aug 02, 2013 2:51 PM EST Updated: Aug 02, 2013 2:51 PM EST COLUMBUS, Ohio
4 More Cases Of Legionnaire’s Disease Confirmed By: Denise Yost, Multimedia Content Manager
There are now four more confirmed cases of Legionnaire’s Disease tied to an east Columbus retirement community.A total of five residents from the Wesley Ridge Retirement Community have died in connection with the outbreak. The five residents tested positive for Legionnaire’s, according to Franklin County Public Health officials.As of Friday morning, there were 39 confirmed legionella cases, according to Franklin County Public Health. The majority of the residents diagnosed were treated and returned home.Those affected by the disease range in age of 63 to 99 years.The Centers for Disease Control final test results indicate legionella was found in both the potable water system and the cooling tower at Wesley Ridge, so it appears that both sources contributed to the legionella outbreak.Wesley Ridge has followed the recommended action steps since the outbreak was detected.
Wesley Ridge will be working with their contractor to put a long-term testing plan in place based on recommendations from FCPH, CDC and ODH to assure legionella does not return.
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