Legionella bacteria in the plumbing system of Kettering Fairmont High School has been linked to the illness of a current employee and may be linked to the death of a former employee, according to an investigative report by News Center 7. 


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Water samples from the Ohio high school’s water system tested positive for Legionella bacteria last week. The samples were tested after a custodian developed Legionnaire’s disease, a severe form of pneumonia that occurs when water vapor contaminated with Legionella is inhaled.

But water samples were not tested last year after another custodian, Keith “Casey” Chaffin, died from Legionella pneumonia, multi-system organ failure and acute systolic heart failure, three weeks after his last shift at the high school.

Dan Suffoletto, a spokesman for the Department of Public Health of Dayton and Montgomery Counties, told News Center 7 that the department did not recommend testing after looking at the district’s complex water system saying it “wasn’t a good fit for testing.”

Legionnaires’ disease lawyer Fred Pritzker finds that explanation confusing as Legionella bacteria grow best in the complex water systems of large buildings. “It’s a preventable disease with proper water management,” he said.

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