A Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at Balmoral Nursing Home in Chicago has sickened two people. One person at Admiral at the Lake nursing home in Chicago has also been diagnosed with the severe form of pneumonia, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. The cases do not appear to be related.
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People get Legionnaires’ disease when they breathe in water vapor containing Legionella bacteria. Symptoms of an infection are similar to a severe form of pneumonia. They include high fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and shortness of breath.
Water restrictions have been put in place at Balmoral. And the staff has also installed water filters in certain areas of the facility. State health officials are awaiting results on tests of water samples.
Admiral of the Lake has hired a water management company and is working to identify any additional cases.
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