Yale researchers seeking to identify the cause of an increased number of Legionnaires’ disease cases over the past decade have found that people who live in close proximity to rivers and watersheds have the greatest risk of developing the illness.
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January 25, 2018 – The study’s lead author, Kelsie Cassell of the Weinberger Lab at the Yale School of Public Health, said she was approached by state epidemiologist Matt Carter when he noticed an increasing number of people diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease.
Legionella bacterium is commonly found in freshwater lakes and streams, and spread through the air in the form of mist, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Outbreaks of Legionnaires’ have been linked to public showers and faucets, air conditioning cooling towers, hot tubs, fountains, hot water heaters and large plumbing systems.
“Our findings demonstrate that the natural environment could have a greater role in influencing the risk of disease than previously thought,” Cassell said. “This contrasts with the common view that building water systems and cooling towers are the main source of exposure for many cases. Rivers and watersheds could be proxies for areas of heightened risk due to poorly treated drinking water or well-water use.”
Legionnaires disease, which causes a severe form of pneumonia, typically affects the elderly and people with compromised immune systems. The incidence of the disease in Connecticut, the state focused on by the researchers, increased from about one case per 100,000 people in 2005 to nearly 2 cases per 100,000 people in 2015.
Because the symptoms of Legionnaires are nonspecific — fever, cough, chills and muscle aches — and similar to other diseases, less than 5% of those who developed the disease are officially diagnosed, according to the CDC. Legionnaires can be treated with antibiotics and is fatal in about 10% of cases, but can involve long-term complications and hospitalization for those who survive.
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