IDPH Identifies Plumbing System Issues

A Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak at the McHenry Villa independent senior living community has sickened three people, one of whom has died.  An Illinois Department of Public Health investigation revealed that the plumbing system at McHenry Villa has structural issues and tested positive for Legionella bacteria.

IDPH Director Dr. Nirav. Shah said that because the community is similar to an apartment complex, implementing water restrictions may not be feasible and correcting the violations may not be possible while the building is occupied. McHenry Villa must respond to the notification of violations bu submitting a detailed plan of how it will fix the problems.

About 100 people live at McHenry Villa which is located in the Chain of Lakes region of northern Illinois.  The building was remodeled in 2014. In September 2018, a burst water pipe caused extensive damage to the building displacing all of the residents for one month.

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Former McHenry Mayor Dies

In early November, three McHenry Villa residents were diagnosed with Legionnaires’ Disease. One of them, former McHenry Mayor Donald Doherty, 91, died. The McHenry County Coroner’s office confirmed that the former mayor’s November 21 death was a result of Legionnaires’ Disease, a severe form of pneumonia.

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