Plainfield outbreak is already Illinois’ 5th Legionnaires incident in 2020


Illinois health officials are investigating a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at a senior home in Plainfield – already the fifth Legionnaires incident in the state this month, all affecting residents of retirement homes. Two residents at Lakewood Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center were confirmed with the pneumonia-like illness, prompting an investigation by both the Will County Health Department […]

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Outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, including one death, reported at senior living center

One person has died following an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at a Vernon Hills senior living center, according to the Lake County Health Department. The health department has confirmed three cases of the disease, a type of severe pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria, at Brookdale Senior Living on Milwaukee Avenue in Vernon Hills, according to […]

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3 cases of Legionnaires’ disease may be connected to suburban hospital

WINFIELD, Ill. — Three cases of Legionnaires’ disease are being investigated for their possible link to Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield. One individual was an inpatient and the second and third individuals had outpatient visits, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. The IDPH and the DuPage County Health Department said the […]

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Recent Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks raise concerns

By Shanley Pierce | December 4, 2019 In September 2019, an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at a hot tub state fair display in North Carolina infected 141 people and resulted in four deaths. That same month, health officials from Tyler, Texas, confirmed seven cases and five suspected cases of Legionnaires’ associated with the East Texas State Fair. Legionnaires’ […]

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Johns Hopkins Hospital treating patient with Legionnaire’s, searching for source

By MEREDITH COHN BALTIMORE SUN | NOV 13, 2019 | 5:26 PM Doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital are treating a patient they diagnosed with Legionnaire’s disease, and officials are working to determine the source, which doesn’t immediately appear to be the facility’s water supply. Legionnaire’s is a serious lung infection that comes from breathing small droplets of water containing […]

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Ochsner Medical Center outbreak: two ill in New Orleans

By News Services on October 29, 2019 Two patients at Ochsner Medical Center on Jefferson Highway in New Orleans were diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. No other information was released. Ochsner Health System officials reported two patients at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans were diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, also known as Legionella pneumonia. No information was released on the condition of […]

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Dead Legs: Lessons in Legionella Management

Now that Legionella testing has become more widely accepted, it is unsurprising that test results are sometimes returned as positive.  When the building has a proper Water Management plan (WMP), that positive result leads to immediate and predetermined action steps to remediate and normalize.  This is exactly what a quality system should do.  Allow for […]

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Legionnaires’ outbreak in North Carolina State Fair kills 1, sickens nearly 100 others: officials

An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in North Carolina has killed at least one person and sickened dozens of others, state health officials said. As of Sept. 30, at least 97 people were sickened with the disease, while 63 were hospitalized, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. LEGIONNAIRES’ DISEASE OUTBREAK AT ATLANTA HOTEL LEAVES […]

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Legionella Testing: Establishing Actionable Plans

By John Caloritis In non-regulated geographies across the USA, building owners face important decisions related to Legionella prevention.  In the minds of many, the question remains “should we test or not?” The good news is that many owners are beginning to participate in pro-active Legionella prevention including testing of building water systems for Legionella.  This […]

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