New round of Legionnaires’ disease cases reported at N Portland apartments

by KATU Staff

Additional cases of Legionnaires’ disease were reported at a North Portland apartment building.

Northwest Housing Alternatives (NHA) said Monday that it will offer to help residents living at the Rosemont Court building relocate permanently.

In January, 10 residents at the apartments on North Dekum Street became ill—and one resident died—due to an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease.

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Legionnaires’ disease comes from bacteria that’s naturally found in fresh water, but it can get into the plumbing system and cause people to fall ill with pneumonia.

The Multnomah County Health Department worked to figure out the source of the first outbreak and a supplemental disinfection system was installed.

Officials say since returning to the building, two additional residents have fallen ill.

NHA says it is offering to help residents at Rosemont Court permanently relocate due to the recent cases.

Officials say they will continue cooperating with county and state health officials to determine the source.

“This is a difficult time for residents at Rosemont Court,” said Bill Van Vliet, executive director of the Network for Oregon Affordable Housing. “We have seen nothing like this across the state and have confidence in Northwest Housing Alternatives throughout this situation. We will continue to support them in their efforts to ensure all residents find an affordable home and community.”

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