More Than 12 Sick with Legionnaires’ at Baldwin County, AL Condo [Updated]

Updated 4/13/23 when the outbreak source was identified as balcony hot tubs at Turquoise Place. The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is investigating a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that sickened 14 people who stayed at Turquoise Beach condos in Orange Beach between October 21, 2022, and December 22, 2022. The ADPH did not release the name of the complex where the illnesses occurred until April 2023. Health officials say there have been five laboratory-confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease, one doctor-diagnosed case of Pontiac Fever, and eight people who developed symptoms within 14 days of staying at Turquoise Place.

Turquoise Place, a vacation condo rental resort, is managed by Spectrum Resorts. Investigators found Legionella bacteria in 20% of the resort’s balcony hot tubs. A spokesperson from Spectrum says the resort is in the process of replacing about 400 hot tubs and will test the water in the new hot tubs more frequently.

Legionnaires’ disease is not spread from person to person. People get Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia, when they breathe in water vapor that is contaminated with Legionella bacteria. Legionella thrives in the plumbing systems of commercial buildings, hot tubs, fountains, and spas.

Symptoms of an infection include cough, fever, headache, and muscle aches. People who live or work in this condominium complex and develop these symptoms should see a doctor and mention exposure to Legionella.

The building owners are in the process of notifying people who live and work at the property and have proposed a plan to mitigate the contamination, according to the ADPH.

Legionella bacteria is tested to determine source of pneumonia.
Legionella Culture

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