Thirteen cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Saratoga Springs, NY have prompted health officials to launch an investigation. After extensive testing, a nursing home in the area has reported the presence of Legionella bacteria in its water system.
Nine of the thirteen cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the city have been linked to the Wesley Health Care Center, and two of the patients suffering from the disease have died. State health officials recommended that management at Wesley, a nursing home and health campus, test their water supply. Nearly forty water samples were taken from the campus. Results have now returned and indicate that Legionella bacteria is present in at least five of these locations.
The affected locations include two buildings on campus and one outdoor water feature. Management at Wesley is now working with a water treatment company to evaluate its water system. A second round of testing returned negative results for Legionella, but the investigation is ongoing.
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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.