Jun
28
2017
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Two separate cases of Legionnaires’ disease among guests of the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino sparked an investigation of the hotel by the Southern Nevada Health District. The guests stayed at the hotel at different times in March and April of 2017.

A water sample taken by health officials from the hotel’s water system after the two cases were reported showed presence of Legionella bacteria.  The district’s environmental health supervisor, Mark Bergtholdt, reportedly stated that large buildings- such as the Rio hotel- would be common homes to Legionella bacteria due to the complex plumbing systems, in which water may lay stagnant for long periods of time and allow for propagation of Legionella. It was reported that the bacteria was contained to one tower of the hotel, but the health district plans to test the entire building’s water system, which could take up to six weeks.

Legionnaires’ disease is a type of bacterial pneumonia caused by exposure to Legionella bacteria. Symptoms may include fever, headache, cough, lethargy, weakness, and even confusion.

More information is available here.

If you believe you or someone you know has been diagnosed with this disease, Contact us to see what we can do to help.

Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S.  Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 12:44 pm
Jun
27
2017
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The LA Fitness club located at 12700 South Orange Blossom Trail in Orange County, Florida is one of two LA Fitness clubs in the area that have been under investigation after members contracted Legionnaires’ disease. A few of the water samples taken by the Florida Department of Health from the Blossom Trail facility have now come back positive for Legionella bacteria.

This LA Fitness, as well as another location in Metro West have been under investigation since May of this year after a total of four cases of Legionnaires’ disease were found among members. Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia caused by exposure to Legionella bacteria.

Test results from the other suspected LA Fitness in Metro West have not yet come back, but could be available later this week.

If you believe you or someone you know has been diagnosed with this disease, Contact us to see what we can do to help.

Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S.  Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 3:36 pm
Jun
27
2017
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Four cases of Legionnaires’ disease among members of two different LA fitness clubs in Orange County, Florida has sparked the investigation of the gyms as the possible source of the bacteria.

The spas and showers of both the facility on Kirkman Road in Orange County and the Orange Blossom Trail location in Hunter’s Creek were shut down pending the investigation, and notices were issued to club members last week about the signs and symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease. Health officials upon inspection found conditions that would be favorable for the growth of Legionella at the fitness centers. Reportedly, the showers and spas were lacking treatment with a hydrochlorinated solution.

Legionnaires’ disease is caused by inhalation of air contaminated with aerosolized Legionella bacteria, typically in the form of a mist or spray. Legionnaires’ disease is not spread by person-to-person contact, and is only a result of exposure to the bacteria source itself. Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease can include fever, headaches, muscle aches, and shortness of breath.

If you believe you or someone you know has been diagnosed with this disease, Contact us to see what we can do to help.

Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S.  Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 12:15 pm
Jun
26
2017
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The 23rd Precinct at 162 E. 102nd Street in East Harlem is the common workplace to two police officers that have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease.

The first officer fell ill with Legionnaires’ disease and was hospitalized, prompting testing of the precinct’s water. Those results were finalized earlier this month, and revealed traces of Legionella bacteria, the bacteria responsible for causing Legionnaires’ disease. The Health Department is reportedly investigating the second case of Legionnaires’ disease, but has not yet determined if the precinct’s water is responsible for this officer’s illness.

Inspectors are looking towards the pipes at the station house as a possible source of exposure to the bacteria, and precautions regarding water use have been put in place. A sign is currently displayed stating “Do not use or drink the water in the pct,” and they are discouraging the use of showers on the property.

The first officer who was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease has not yet returned to work. More information is available here.

If you believe you or someone you know has been diagnosed with this disease, Contact us to see what we can do to help.

Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S.  Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 5:00 pm
Jun
22
2017
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A former resident of the long-term health care facility in South Strabane Township in Washington, Pennsylvania has been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. It is reported that the former resident was “in and out of a number of facilities,” and preliminary testing of the facility at 90 Humbert Lane was negative for Legionella bacteria.

As a precaution, the residents, staff, and visitors to the facility are being provided bottled water and bagged ice, and shower use is restricted. The final testing results are expected to be in by the end of the week.

If you believe you or someone you know has been diagnosed with this disease, Contact us to see what we can do to help.

Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S.  Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 2:23 pm
Jun
21
2017
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The CDC reported there has been a 450 percent increase in the number of cases reported in a 15-year span (pictured) 

Over the past few weeks, several news reports have shed light on three Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks occurring in different areas in the United States. Each of these Outbreaks (New York City with multiple locations, The LA Fitness Gym and the Las Vegas Outbreak at the Rio Hotel) have resulted in multiple victims who contracted the disease including one woman who died as a result of Legionnaires’ disease as part of the NYC Outbreak.

These three outbreaks continue the trend that we have seen over the last 15 years. Legionnaires’ disease is on the rise. According to a Dailymail.com article, the number of Legionnaires’ disease cases has risen 450% in the last 15 years. There are numerous theories regarding the contributing factors that have led to this alarming increase in the number of reported Legionnaires’ disease cases, most of which include the wide-spread growth of the legionella bacteria. The reason for legionella’s modern proliferation include the decreased use of chemical treatments, increased temperatures across the global as well as economic pressure on businesses to cut corners when it comes to the proper maintenance of their property.

Whatever the cause or causes, the rapid growth of Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks is concerning and show no signs of slowing down.

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, please, Contact us to see what we can do to help.

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 2:44 pm
Jun
20
2017
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Hotel officials stated Tuesday that the Rio All-Suite’s water has been disinfected, but said it will take another couple weeks for test results before regional health officials can certify the property as bacteria-free. This after, officials from Caesars Entertainment confirmed that the bacteria had been found in at least one of the Rio’s two towers.

The officials were not clear on the details of where exactly legionella, the bacteria which causes Legionnaires’ disease, was found on the hotel property.

You or someone you know stayed at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas and have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, please, Contact us to see what we can do to help.

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 2:52 pm
Jun
20
2017
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Legionella, the Legionnaires’ disease causing bacteria,  is ubiquitous in the natural environment, especially in damp soil and water. While the organism is present more or less everywhere, water temperatures of 72–107 °F are ideal conditions for rapid growth. This explains why outbreaks of Legionnaire’s disease become more common in the summer months and have often been linked to contaminated artificial water systems – especially air conditioning units in large buildings which use water for cooling.

Studies of associations between weather variables and sporadic cases of legionnaires’ disease suggest that as temperatures rise globally so too does the prevalence of environments conducive to legionella growth. Because of this researchers at the World Health Organization (WHO) have suggested that Legionnaire’s disease should now be added to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s list of important climate-sensitive health issues.

While warming environments are favorable for many pathogens and bacteria, the nature of how legionnaires’ disease is transmitted creates a unique risk. Researchers believe that vehicles might produce aerosols containing Legionella, as they drive on wet road surfaces in warm environments.

The risk of increased Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks is just one more reason our society must address climate change with urgency.

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 12:02 pm
Jun
19
2017
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Two people were hospitalized with Legionnaires’ disease after visiting the Foothill Ranch community pool and spa located at 27021 Burbank in Foothill Ranch, California. While it was originally unclear whether or not the community pool and spa was the cause of these illnesses, testing performed by the Orange County Health Care Agency revealed that three samples from the spa tested positive for Legionella bacteria.

Legionella bacteria can be found in warm hot tub water when it is not properly cleaned or disinfected. When this water becomes aerosolized and inhaled through the lungs, a person may contract Legionnaires disease, a severe type of pneumonia caused by exposure to the Legionella bacteria.

The facility shut down on May 12, 2017 to test their water sources. Since the discovery of the bacteria, they have implemented measures such as new filter material, cleaning of all surfaces, replacement and superchlorination of the water, and a UV/ozone device was added to the filtration system. Additional testing is set to occur to determine if these measures have helped eradicate the bacteria. Once the results come back negative, the facility plans to reopen.

If you believe you or someone you know has been diagnosed with this disease, Contact us to see what we can do to help.

Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S.  Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 3:33 pm
Jun
19
2017
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One person is dead and six others have been hospitalized due to their illness with Legionnaires’ disease over the past 11 days in the Lenox Hill neighborhood of Manhattan, New York. The woman who passed was in her 90s and reportedly had underlying health issues, says the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

The source of the outbreak is not yet known, but cooling systems within a half mile radius of those who have fallen ill are being tested as possible sources. The results from the 116 cooling systems under investigation may take up to two weeks.

Legionnaires’ disease is caused by exposure to Legionella bacteria that is aerosolized and released into the air. People become infected with Legionnaires’ disease when they breathe in the air contaminated with the Legionella bacteria. Common sources of exposure include hot tubs, showers, and cooling towers atop large buildings. Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease include fever, cough, chills, muscle aches, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, confusion, and diarrhea.

If you believe you or someone you know has been diagnosed with this disease, Contact us to see what we can do to help.

Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S.  Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.

Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 10:11 am