A Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Beaverton, OR includes six people in the Murrayhill area, four people have been hospitalized, according to the Washington County Public Health Department. All of the cases were reported during the last week of October among people who live within two miles of Murray Boulevard and Scholls Ferry Road and range in age from late 40s to early 80s.
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Phone: 1-888-377-8900 | Text: 1-612-261-0856
How is Legionnaiares’ Disease Spread?
Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia, is not spread through person-to-person contact. People get it when they inhale water vapor that is contaminated with legionella bacteria. Some people are at heightened risk of contracting an infection. They include:
- People over 50
- Current and former smokers
- People who have chronic lung disease, liver failure, cancer or diabetes
- People with weakened immune systems
Symptoms, which usually develop within 14 days of exposure, include fever, cough, shortness of breath, headache, and muscle aches. Legionnaires disease can be treated with anitbiotics. Most people with Legionnaires’ disease require hospitalization, about 10 percent of all cases are fatal.
About 10,000 cases are reported each year in the U.S. But in 2021 there has been a surge of Legionnaires’ disease cases reported as buildings reopen after COVID-19 closures
Legionnaires’ Disease Legal Team
Our Legionnaires’ disease lawyers represent people nationwide who have been sickened by contaminated water. 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.