At least two people have been sickened with a severe form of pneumonia known as Legionnaires’ disease in an outbreak at the Family YMCA in Waco, Texas. Health officials believe both of the exposures occurred this month. The facility, located at 6800 Harvey Road, remains open. But YMCA staff closed the hot tub, where exposure to the Legionella bacteria that causes the disease likely occurred.
Is Legionnaires’ Disease Contagious?
Legionnaires’ disease is not transmitted through person-to-person contact. People get this lung infection when they inhale water vapor contaminated with Legionella bacteria. Hot tubs, fountains and showers are all vehicles for the spread of this bacteria. That’s why health officials often issue a water management plan that restricts their usage during an investigation of an outbreak.
What are the Symptoms of Legionnaires’ Disease?
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle aches
How is Legionnaires’ Disease Diagnosed?
Doctors usually perform two tests to diagnose Legionnaires disease: an Xray and a culture of the phlegm or urine.
How Can a Legionnaires’ Disease Attorney Help?
If you have a confirmed case of Legionnaires’ disease and you were at the YMCA in Waco during February you may be able to file a lawsuit. Pritzker Hageman’s experienced Legionnaires’ disease lawyers can help you determine your first steps. To contact them, call toll-free at 1(888) 377-8900. Or, use the form below.