Legionella bacteria was found in the plumbing system of Kettering Fairmont High School in Ohio after one employee was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ Disease, a severe form of pneumonia. Although Legionella bacteria exist in nature, they grow best in the complex plumbing systems of large buildings, especially if the water has been stagnant.

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In April, the Centers for Disease Contol and Prevention (CDC), cautioned that buildings that were closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic should take steps to mitigate any growth of Legionella bacteria before re-opening. One of the recommended steps was flushing hot and cold water through all points of use.

Kettering Fairmont said the plumbing system of the entire campus was flushed and disinfected last week after water samples tested positive for Legionella following the diagnosis of the employee. Followup tests are supposed to take place this week.


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If you or a family member developed Legionnaires’ disease from a recently re-opened building, please contact our legal team. Pritzker Hageman Legionnaires’ disease lawyers have decades of experience representing people who have been sickened by Legionella bacteria. 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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