Two people at Legacy House senior living community in Taylorsville, UT have Legionnaires’ disease. Water restrictions are in place until health officials can get the problem under control with a water treatment procedure.
Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia. It is not transmitted through person-to-person contact. Instead, these lung infections occur when water vapor that is contaminated with Legionella bacteria is inhaled.
Legionella bacteria are found naturally in the environment, but they grow best in warm water especially in the complex water systems of large buildings or cruise ships. Hot tubs, cooling towers, hot water tanks and decorative fountains are also frequent sources of Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks.
Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease usually develop between two and 14 days of exposure. They include cough, shortness of breath, high fever, headaches and muscle aches.
Legionnaires’ disease, which can be fatal, is completely preventable with water treatment plans. Because Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks have been on the rise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is holding a public forum on water treatments later this month.
At a Salt Lake County board meeting yesterday, authorities reported that initial tests showed the water at the whole facility was contaminated when it was first tested, but now only the water in two vacant rooms remains contaminated with Legionella.
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