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Perry High School in Gilbert, Arizona is closed until Monday, November 28, 2011 due to the discovery of legionella bacteria in the water of a library on campus, according to  After a library employee was diagnosed with whooping cough (an illness unrelated to the legionella-caused Legionnaires’ disease), a slew of tests were conducted on the water, including tests for legionella.

The library was closed the evening of November 21, 2011, which prompted school officials to close the neighboring high school as a precaution, according to a press release published on the school district’s website.  The press release goes on to say that although health officials determined that the school building was safe for classes on Wednesday, “the district will exercise an abundance of caution,” and will “super-chlorinate, disinfect and clean the campus as precautionary steps.”

The Town of Gilbert Library will reopen on Friday, November 25, 2011, says the press release.

So far, says a Gilbert spokesperson, no cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been reported among students, faculty, or staff of the school.

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