A 54-year-old Cuyahoga County gentleman has died, and 10 more members of the Lake County community were sickened with Legionnaires’ disease. The cooling towers at Consolidated Precision Products (“CPP”) in Eastlake, Ohio were investigated this past October as possible sources of the bacteria after knowledge that between the months of July and September, one employee of CPP and two employees of neighboring companies became ill with the disease.
Inspectors say that during the testing, one of the cooling towers at CPP tested positive for Legionella bacteria. Subsequently, the company released a statement that the facility’s production and cooling water systems- including the cooling towers- were cleaned and disinfected by an experienced industrial water treatment company in accordance with recommendations and protocols from the Ohio Department of Health. Their post-cleaning test results, which were released November 16, were void of Legionella bacteria.
It is only believed that up to 5 of the cases in Eastlake may be a result of the Legionella found in CPP’s cooling tower. The other 6 cases appear to be unrelated, but according to Lake County Health Commissioner Ron Graham, it is not certain because none of the patients were given blood tests to determine the specific strand of the bacteria that may have caused their illness.
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Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S. Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.