Drackett Tower at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio is now taking precautions after a student associated with the dorm hall was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease.
Legionnaires’ disease is a type of bacterial pneumonia caused by exposure to Legionella bacteria. This bacteria tends to thrive in water environments, and can cause illness when it is inhaled in the lungs through a mist or spray form of the contaminated water. Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease can include nausea, vomiting, coughing, confusion, and lethargy.
Reportedly, the dorm had a water drain line collapse last month which required the line to be shut down and fixed. A few days later, the school was notified that a student was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. The student received antibiotics and is expected to make a full recovery. The student reported only being exposed to the water fountain. At this time, it is not clear whether or not the student contracted Legionnaires’ disease from the dorm building.
The school is reportedly working with Columbus Public Health to isolate the water source until testing can be complete.
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