Despite mitigation efforts after a deadly outbreak earlier this year, new cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been reported at Rosemont Court, a seniors complex in Portland, OR. Now, Northwest Housing Authority (NHA) which owns the facility, located at 597 N. Dekum, has decided to offer permanent relocation assistance to the 95 people who live there.
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Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia that develops when people inhale water droplets contaminated with legionella bacteria, which grows best in warm, stagnant water. Health officials have often identified the plumbing systems of large buildings such as hospitals, hotels, apartment buildings and long-term care facilities, as the source of outbreaks.
After the January 2021 Rosemont Court outbreak that sickened 10 people killing one of them, NHA temporarily relocated all of the residents while Multnomah County Health Department (MCHD) investigated the outbreak. MCHD, the Oregon Health Authority and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) all reviewed the building’s water management plan. NHA and Income Property Management, which manages the building, also consulted outside water treatment experts, legionella bacteria experts and legionella medical experts throughout the investigation and mitigation process.
In February 2021, NHA installed what it describes as a “state-of-the-art” supplemental disinfection system. And in March 2021, point-of-use filters were installed on sink faucets and showerheads in each unit. Regular testing of water samples has shown no sign of legionella, according to NHA. Yet, after residents returned to the building, two of them contracted Legionnaires’ disease. An ongoing investigation has failed to pinpoint the source of the contamination.
Symptoms of Legionnaires’ Disease
Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease include fever, cough, shortness of breath, headache, and muscle aches. These symptoms usually develop within two to 14 days of exposure. Most Legionnaires’ patients require hospitalization, about 10 percent of all cases are fatal.
Experienced Legionnaires’ Disease Lawyers
Our Legionnaires’ disease lawyers represent people nationwide who have been sickened by contaminated water and the families of those who have suffered the wrongful death of a loved one. 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.