Seven residents and one employee of Wesley Ridge Retirement Community in Reynoldsburg, Ohio have contracted Legionnaires’ disease, according to the Columbus Dispatch. The retirement home has taken steps to prevent further illnesses, including shower restrictions and bottled water usage. Franklin County Public Health was notified of the first case on Tuesday and has initiated an investigation of the outbreak. According to Margaret Carmany, the CEO of Wesley Ridge Retirement Community, water testing at the facility has been completed, and results should be available today, which will provide insight into where the residents and employee contracted the illness.
Retirement communities can often be at-risk locations for Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks because they often house a relatively vulnerable population who come into contact with the water supply on a daily basis through showering and other means. Retirement homes are often large buildings with complex plumbing systems, which can create opportunities for legionella growth.
Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S. Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates on this story.