One resident at Methodist Village Senior Living in Fort Smith, Arkansas has Legionnaires’ disease, a severe, often fatal form of pneumonia. People get Legionnaires’ disease when they inhale water vapor that is contaminated with Legionella bacteria.
Although it’s found in nature, Legionella grows best in the warm, stagnant water of manmade structures such as hot tubs, fountains, and the plumbing systems of commercial buildings. Outbreaks are often associated with healthcare settings and long-term care facilities.
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Methodist Village, located at 7811 Euper Lane in Fort Smith, offers assisted living and memory care. Management told Eyewitness 5 News that they are not sure how the resident contracted the infection but are conducting water tests.
Symptoms of Legionnaires’ Disease
Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease usually develop within two to 14 days of exposure and include:
- Muscle aches
Most people with Legionnaires’ disease require hospitalization. About 10 percent of cases are fatal. In healthcare facilities, about 25 percent of cases are fatal.
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