A Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at Ridgeway Manor in Fairfield County, SC includes multiple cases. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is investigating the outbreak and working with the facility to put preventative measures in place and identify the source of the contamination.
People get Legionnaires’ disease, a severe, often fatal form of pneumonia, when they inhale water mist that is contaminated with Legionella bacteria. It is not transmitted through person-to-person contact. Symptoms of legionellosis include cough, headache, fever, and muscle aches.
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Although Legionella is found in nature, it grows best in the warm, stagnant water of manmade structures. Common sources of outbreaks include fountains, hot tubs, and the plumbing systems of commercial buildings. Water management plans, which can prevent the overgrowth of Legionella, are considered an industry standard for large buildings and healthcare settings, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Opened in 1986, Ridgeway Manor Healthcare Center, located at 117 Bellefield Rd. in Ridgeway, SC is a 112-bed long-term care facility that also offers skilled nursing and rehabilitation services. It is not yet known if the facility had a water management plan in place.
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