Three residents of Autumn Care, a nursing home in Hoke County, North Carolina, have fallen ill with Legionnaires’ disease. The first of these cases was discovered on Aug. 28 and the two other cases were identified after all residents were tested.
Autumn Care brought in a company to test its water and install filters and test results are still pending.
According to Hoke County Health Director, Helene Edwards, changes are being implemented to prevent the Legionella bacteria from spreading.
“Went to the facility, checked out all the areas where there could be possible sources of the legionellosis bacteria,” Edwards said Tuesday. “They went ahead and turned the water off at that point and brought in bottled water to use.” Water is now restored to to approximately 70% of the building.