In the summer of 2012, Kent Carson, a 55-year-old man from Round Lake Beach outside of Chicago, became ill with a severe case of Legionnaires’ disease. The severity of his case necessitated the amputation of both his legs below the knee, and left arm below the elbow. His especially severe case, along with the other current cases and outbreaks, prompt questions about ‘safe levels’ of Legionella and the cost of a life.
While recovering, Carson warned that “Legionnaires’ disease is still out there…It needs to be prevented and diagnosed.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 8,000-18,000 people in the U.S. are hospitalized each year for Legionnaires’ disease, and 5-30% of these cases are fatal. “With the increase over the last 10 years, enough people are sick and dying – what’s the cost of a life?” Carson asked.
To read more about Kent Carson’s story, please visit the Chicago Tribune for the full article.