Three suburban schools in Illinois were evacuated after high levels of Legionella bacteria were found. The affected cooling towers were at Eastview Middle School, Larkin High School, and at the Central Office/Gifford Street High School programs.
According to a Facebook post from Tony Sanders, CEO of School District U-46, “On an annual basis we test our water cooling systems that we have at 19 of our schools, to test them for different kinds of bacteria. We got results back this morning that three of our schools had higher than normal level of legionnaires bacteria in them.”
The Kane County Health Department said that the risk to students was low, however, despite the bacteria findings.
19 cooling towers in the area have since been cleaned and disinfected.
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