New Jersey health officials are investigating a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in the Union County area that sickened 14 people in February. Three of the illnesses occurred in Clark. One person has died.
Contact the Pritzker Hageman Legionnaires’ Team
Phone: 1-888-377-8900 | Text: 1-612-261-0856
Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia. People contract these infections when they breathe in water vapor that has been contaminated with legionella bacteria.
Legionella is found in nature and grows well in luke-warm water. Plumbing systems of large buildings offer ideal breeding conditions for legionella. That’s why building managers of office towers, health care facilities, and apartment complexes are required to have legionella mitigation plans.
New Jersey health officials have not yet determined the source of the outbreak. They are advising anyone who develops symptoms of an infection, which include fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, and headache, to see a doctor right away.
In 2019, a similar Legionnaires’ disease outbreak occurred in the Union County area. Between March 8, 2019, and May 13, 2019, 22 people were sickened, five of them died.
Legionnaires’ Disease Legal Team
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.