At least one resident at Western Hills Retirement Village in Cincinnati has Legionnaires’ disease, according to a Fox19 report. People get Legionnaires’ disease, a severe, often fatal form of pneumonia when they inhale water vapor that is contaminated with Legionella bacteria.
Legionella are found in nature but grow best in the warm water of human-made structures, including the plumbing systems of commercial buildings, whirlpools and fountains. Because the plumbing systems of hospitals and nursing homes have such plumbing systems and have at-risk populations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers it essential that they have water management programs in place to control for Legionella.
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Legionnaires’ Disease Symptoms
Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease include fever, cough, headache, muscle aches, and shortness of breath. Usually, they develop within days of exposure but sometimes it can take as long as 14 days. People at elevated risk of contracting Legionnaires’ disease are those over the age of 55, people with chronic disease or compromised immune systems, and current or former smokers.
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