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A nursing home in Cumberland, Maryland has teamed up with a private firm that specializes in legionella control after a case of Legionnaires’ disease was confirmed there in December 2010. Moran Manor, in conjunction with local and state health officials, continues to monitor the levels of legionella in the water supply. Water restrictions, including the use of bottled water instead of tap water, have been put in place while water treatment methods, namely super-heating and hyper-chlorination, have been adopted in order to kill the bacteria. Although no new cases have been confirmed, several employees have fallen ill with respiratory problems and there are concerns about how long it took before employees of Moran Manor were made aware of the bacteria’s presence in the water and of the single case of Legionnaires’ disease confirmed last December. For more information, see this article.

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