A Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at Brookdale Senior Living in Vernon Hills, IL has sickened three people one of whom has died. The Lake County Health Department says only the facility located on Milwaukee Ave is affected, not the Brookdale Hawthorn Lakes facility.


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Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia resulting from a Legionella infection, is not transmitted through person-to-person contact. Instead, this bacterial infection is transmitted when water vapor contaminated with Legionella bacteria is inhaled.

Legionella in Lungs
Legionella in lungs of pneumonia patient

Legionella bacteria exist in nature but grow best in warm, stagnant water. Outbreaks are frequently associated with the plumbing systems of hospitals, hotels and long-term care facilities.

State and county health officials who are investigating the outbreak urge anyone who has recently visited Brookdale Senior Living in Vernon Hills and is experiencing symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease to see a doctor right away. These symptoms include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, headache and muscle aches.

Some people are at higher risk of developing Legionnaires’ disease than others. They include people over 50, current and former smokers, people with weakened immune systems and people with underlying medical conditions.

If you or a family member are part of this outbreak and you need legal help, please contact our legal team. Pritzker Hageman Legionnaires’ disease lawyers have decades of experience representing people who have been sickened by Legionella bacteria and families who have suffered the wrongful death of a loved one. To request a free consultation, please call 1(888) 377-8900 (toll-free), text 612-261-0856 or use the form below.

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