Five Persons Killed in Outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease

Legionnaire’s Disease

At least six members of a retirement community in Ohio have been killed after contracting the deadly Legionnaire’s Disease bacteria.

At least six members of a retirement community in Ohio have been killed after contracting the deadly Legionnaire’s Disease bacteria. The outbreak occurred at a retirement community, and the outbreak is believed to have sickened at least 39 people who lived in the community since July this year.

In all cases, the victims were between the ages of 63 and 99. The outbreak has been linked to bacteria that were contained in an air-conditioning cooling tower, as well as several water sources inside the community. The victims are believed to have contracted a deadly and rare form of pneumonia.

The outbreak occurred at the Wesley Ridge Retirement Community in Reynoldsburg in Ohio. The outbreak was identified last month when some of the 225 members who lived at the retirement community reported symptoms of Legionnaire’s Disease. The retirement community then used high-temperature heating and chlorine to get rid of the bacteria in the contaminated water.

Legionnaire’s disease is contracted by breathing in water droplets that are contaminated with the bacteria. These bacteria are normally found in water, and very often multiply in large numbers, when they are contaminated in the water supplies of large buildings.

Investigations into the reasons for the contamination are currently ongoing.  Premises liability lawyers have also learnt of a similar outbreak   several miles away from this retirement community. The second outbreak was identified at an auto parts supplier, elsewhere in Ohio, where at least one person died from the disease.

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, between 8,000 and 18,000 people are hospitalized from Legionnaire’s Disease every year. The weak, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may be at a much higher risk of contracting the symptoms that resemble those of pneumonia.

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