A resident of the Charlestown retirement community tested positive for Legionella bacteria and is currently hospitalized. Baltimore County health officials have ordered testing of the water in the Caton Woods Building within the community.
Dan Dunne, spokesman for the community, indicated that Caton Woods is a new building and only a dozen or so residents currently live there. New residents were in the process of being moved in, but this has since been halted.
The source of the bacteria that caused the resident’s illness has not yet been determined, and the results of the water testing performed at the Caton Woods Building should be returned in about 10 days. Legionella bacteria can lead to both Legionnaires’ disease as well as a less severe illness called Pontiac fever.
More information on illnesses caused by Legionella bacteria from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is available here.
Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S. Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates