A short-term resident at Country Meadows Retirement Community in Bethlehem, PA has developed Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia that occurs when contaminated water vapor is inhaled. Legionella, the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease, is found in nature, they grow best in the warm, stagnant water of manmade structures such as hot tubs, fountains and the plumbing systems of commercial buildings.
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Country Meadows Bethlehem Executive Director Susan Parker told LeHigh Valley News that the facility has hired a water management company that is conducting tests on water samples collected from the building where the sick resident lives. Results are expected next week. Meanwhile, residents in that building have been told not to use tap water or use their showers. Filters have been installed in two rooms where residents can safely shower.
Symptoms of Legionnaires’ Disease
Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease, which include cough, headache, fever, and muscle aches, usually develop within two to 14 days of exposure. Most people with Legionnaires’ disease require hospitalization. About 10 percent of cases are fatal.
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