A Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at Promenade at University Place, an assisted living community, in Albany, NY has sickened two people, one of whom has died, according to the Times Union. Located at 1228 Western Ave., the Promenade building used to be a Best Western hotel which was linked to a previous Legionnaires’ disease outbreak. Between 2010 and 2012, 19 hotel guests contacted the severe form of pneumonia.
How Do You Get Legionnaires’ Disease?
Legionnaires’ disease is a lung infection people get when they inhale water vapor that is contaminated with Legionella bacteria. It is not transmitted through person-to-person contact.
Although Legionella bacteria can be found anywhere in nature, it grows best in the complicated water systems found in large commercial buildings, health care settings, hotels and cruise ships. A water management plan that includes regular testing can prevent an overgrowth of bacteria.
“What makes these outbreaks so tragic is that Legionnaires’ disease is a preventable illness,” said Fred Pritzker, a Legionnaires’ disease attorney with Pritzker Hageman, which recently won $3 million settlement for a family whose loved one died in another outbreak.
Previous Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak
When the illnesses were detected in 2012, the building, which was then operated as a hotel, was temporarily closed pipes flushed and some were replaced. When water samples showed no signs of Legionella, the hotel reopened after which four more cases were reported.
Current Legionnaires’ Outbreak
Water tests at the 200-bed assisted living facility were positive for Legionella bacteria. The Promenade has put water restrictions in place and is working with the state health department on an ongoing investigation of the outbreak.
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