Aug
14
2017
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According to Health officials in the state of Michigan cases of legionnaires’ disease have increase 143% over a three year period.  In June and July alone, there have been 73 confirmed cases on legionnella pneumonia, also know as Legionnaires’ disease.

Officials stated that they are conducting investigation to attempt to determine the cause of this increase. At this point, there has been no common source between all of these cases.

Flint, MI is one of the places where legionella has been found in dangerous concentration, on top of the lead that was discovered in the water causing national attention to turn to the region as residents were unable to drink the water coming into their homes due to risk of poisoning.

If you believe you or someone you know has been diagnosed with this disease, Contact us to see what we can do to help.

Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S.  Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 4:35 pm
Aug
10
2017
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The New York State Department of Health is currently investigating James Square as a possible source of Legionella bacteria after two cases of Legionellosis are believed to be associated with the nursing home.

The nursing home’s potable water system recently tested positive for Legionella bacteria. A water restriction is now in place until additional tests are taken and remediation is performed on the facility’s water system.

James Square facility was recently raided by the state Attorney General’s office after claims of poor resident care.

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Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S.  Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.

 

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 3:55 pm
Aug
10
2017
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Two employees of BAMC who work in a building adjacent to the hospital tested positive for Legionella bacteria. An investigation is being conducted to determine whether or not the building these employees work in is responsible for exposing them to Legionella bacteria. Staffers have been relocated to another facility in the meantime.

No patients of the medical center have been reported at this time with any illness attributable to Legionella bacteria.

Legionella bacteria grows in water and causes illness after it becomes aerosolized and is inhaled into the lungs. Legionnaires’ disease is typically diagnosed when pneumonia is present in combination with a positive finding of Legionella bacteria within the body.

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Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S.  Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 3:30 pm
Aug
08
2017
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Residents living at the Latimer Gardens, a Flushing NYCHA Complex were warned that Legionella, the bacteria causing Legionnaires’ disease may be on the property.

This notice from the New York Health Department comes after two residents, including one who remains hospitalized, contracted the disease over a 12-month period, according to officials.

The notifications to residents indicated that testing was being done on the water distribution system that supplies residents with their bathing and drinking water.

While you normally cannot contract legionnaires’ disease from drinking contaminated water, showering with contaminated water often leads the water to aerolize. The fine mist containing the bacteria can be inhaled causing legionella pneumonia also known as Legionnaires’ disease.

If you believe you or someone you know has been diagnosed with this disease, Contact us to see what we can do to help.

Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S.  Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for update

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 2:07 pm
Aug
08
2017
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Franklin County Public health officials said both residents of the Manor at Whitehall nursing home tested positive for Legionella bacteria during July of 2017. Another test will be administered to confirm whether the residents specifically had Legionnaires’ disease, the bacterial pneumonia caused by exposure to Legionella bacteria. Both residents were reported to be in their 60’s, and were hospitalized for their injuries.

An inspection of the facility’s plumbing, heating and cooling systems, as well as pipes and water systems was conducted to determine if the bacteria that caused the two residents to become ill came from within the nursing home. As a result of those concerns, management sent a letter out to about 150 members of the staff and residents, advising that they avoid showers and tap water sourced from within the building for drinking or cooking. It is recommended that people sponge bathe, drink bottled water, and purchase bags of ice until further notice.

A hotline has been established by Franklin County Public Heath officials to answer questions and concerns of those associated with the facility, and can be reached at (614) 525-3097.

If you believe you or someone you know has been diagnosed with this disease, Contact us to see what we can do to help.

Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S.  Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for update

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 10:25 am
Aug
03
2017
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In Kennewick, Washington, three club members of Gold’s Gym contracted legionnaires’ disease with just a few days of one another. Benton-Franklin Health District was able to identify the gym as the common link among the three victims who were infected. After conducting testing on the property, Health officials were able to determine that hot tub located on the premises contained legionella bacteria.

Hot tubs are a perfect breeding ground for legionella bacteria due to the fact that hot tubs are a heated closed water system. Further, the jets of a hot tub cause bubbles in the water which allows the legionella bacteria to rise to the surface and upon aerosolization it can be inhaled by those close by causing a severe form of pneumonia known as Legionnaires’ disease.

Jules Zacher, Esq. has represented and is currently representing several individuals who contracted Legionnaires’ disease after being exposed to legionella that came from hot tubs.

Legionnaires’ disease can not be spread from person to person, and can only be transmitted by exposure to Legionella bacteria itself.

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Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S.  Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for update

 

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 2:27 pm
Jul
27
2017
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CVPH in Plattsburgh, New York, has treated two patients with Legionnaires’ disease. It is not believed that the cases are related at this time, as the patients resided in different counties.

Since the two diagnoses, the hospital has implemented that all patients presenting with pneumonia-like symptoms be tested for Legionnaires’ disease until August 13, 2017. The hospital has a program in place to prevent Legionella bacteria, and specifically contains a small level of chlorine in its water system as well as hyper-chlorinates its water twice a year. The water system is also tested every 90 days by a third party.

Legionnaires’ disease can not be spread from person to person, and can only be transmitted by exposure to Legionella bacteria itself.

If you believe you or someone you know has been diagnosed with this disease, Contact us to see what we can do to help.

Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S.  Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for update

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 3:33 pm
Jul
26
2017
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Milton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, located in Northumberland, PA, went under quarantine after a resident was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. The quarantine imposed will allow for employees to come and go from the facility; however, the nursing home will not be accepting new residences at this time.

Legionella, the bacteria which causes Legionnaires’ disease is often more likely to be fatal in those who are smokers, people with weakened immune systems, and elderly people.

If you believe you or someone you know has been diagnosed with this disease, Contact us to see what we can do to help.

Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S.  Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for update

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 1:27 pm
Jul
26
2017
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At the same South Orlando location where two individuals contracted Legionnaires’ disease due to being exposed to the legionella bacteria, a cafe inside the LA Fitness has been ordered to cease operations.

While the findings of legionella wasn’t enough to prompt officials to shut down the facility, the discovery of health violations including the presences of several live roaches at the cafe, led officials to force the cafe to close its doors.

The LA Fitness was investigated in May and tests sent to the CDC came back positive for legionella in June.

The LA Fitness in South Orlando was one of two LA Fitness locations that tested positive for the bacteria. The other was at 4792 Kirkman Road in Orlando.

If you believe you or someone you know has been diagnosed with this disease, Contact us to see what we can do to help.

Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S.  Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 12:36 pm
Jul
20
2017
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The only common thread in the ongoing investigation of two cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Kennewick, Washington is a Gold’s Gym membership.

Two women in their 70s and 80s were treated in the hospital this month for their illnesses with Legionnaires’ disease, and have since been discharged and are now recovering. As the investigation is still in the early stages, the cases have not been officially linked to the Kennewick Gold’s Gym as the source, but given the commonality, the gym is being investigated as possibly being responsible for the illnesses of these woman.

The gym has closed down the pool and hot tub area as a precaution. Both women who contracted Legionnaires’ disease were reportedly in the pool and hot tub area. The Washington State Department of Health is aiding in the investigation where the Benton-Franklin Health District plans to take samples from the gym and test for the presence of Legionella bacteria, which is the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease.

If you believe you or someone you know has been diagnosed with this disease, Contact us to see what we can do to help.

Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S.  Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.

 

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 4:52 pm