A resident of Faith Mission, a men’s shelter in Columbus, OH, was found to have Legionnaires’ disease earlier this week. No other residents appeared to be symptomatic, but the shelter took precautionary steps and switched to bottled drinking water and ask the men to temporarily shower at another site. The shelter operators also had the premises tested for the presence of Legionella bacteria.
According to Jose Rodriguez, Columbus Public Health, there is no reason to believe that the man contracted Legionnaires’ disease at Faith Mission as no one else has presented with symptoms.
Further, Faith Mission’s executive director said “We honestly don’t have any reason to think it has anything to do with our facility. We have tested the water, done a remediation — a flush — of our water system and moved to bottled water and showering at other facilities.”
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