The Duval County Department of Health has confirmed a case of Legionnaires’ disease at an assisted-living facility in Jacksonville, Florida.
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Update: Legionnaires’ Outbreak Suspected in Florida as Multiple Cases Reported in Pinellas County
October 9, 2018 – The Florida Department of Health is investigating at least 2 cases of legionellosis, a type of pneumonia caused by legionella bacteria, confirmed at the same apartment complex in Pinellas County. Aside from that tidbit, officials released no other information about the victims or even the specific community in which the complex is located, per Florida law.
What’s the Problem?
June 15, 2017 – Legionnaires’ disease is caused by legionella, a bacterium that thrives in warm, aquatic environments and is relatively resistant to chlorine. Legionella can spread through showers, faucets and other methods in which water is commonly inhaled as a vapor.
Legionnaires’ disease cannot be transmitted from person-to-person. Symptoms include high fever, chills and a cough, according to the Mayo Clinic. There is little to no risk of exposure to those who live near the facilities or to those who use the public drinking water supply.
Watercrest Senior Living, the facility where the patient lives, is reacting to the situation as if the case originated at the facility, according to a company spokesperson.
However, staff at Watercrest aren’t sure it did. Legionella can remain dormant in a patient’s body for months or even years.
As a result of the case, the facility had water tests conducted by both the Duval County Department of Health and an independent testing firm. They’ve also flushed the water system twice, and will continue to monitor other residents. No one else on the property has exhibited any signs or symptoms of Legionnaires’, according to a company spokesperson.
“Even if you don’t know whether it came from here, there’s certainly no harm in flushing the system,” said Susie Wiles, a spokeswoman for Watercrest. “These lab tests take days, so we want to be pro-active.”
Legionella was first recognized and gained notoriety in 1976, when an outbreak of pneumonia among participants of the American Legion’s convention in Philadelphia resulted in 29 deaths. For Legionnaires’, pneumonia is the most common symptom, according to the Florida Department of Health.
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