A Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at the UAW Senior Citizen’s Center in Pekin, IL has sickened two people, one of whom has died. Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia, is spread through contaminated water vapor. The Illinois Department of Public Health tested the buildings’ water system and found legionella, the bacteria that cause the infection in multiple locations.


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The building’s managers have enacted water restrictions while they work on a filtration system for the building. Residents have been asked to refrain from showering and using kitchen sprayers and to limit the stream of their faucets to the diameter of a pencil. They have also been told to use bottled water in the CPAP machines, humidifiers and nebulizers.

Legionella
Legionella bacteria

People at high-risk for Legionnaires’ disease include current and former smokers, people over 50 and people with weakened immune systems and people with underlying medical conditions. Symptoms of an infection include fever, cough, shortness of breath, headache and muscle aches.

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Our Legionnaires’ disease lawyers represent people sickened by contaminated water in cases nationwide. If you or a loved one were sickened in this outbreak, our legal team can help. For a free consultation, please fill out the form below, call 1-888-377-8900, or text 612-261-0856.