Sep
17
2014
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Econolodge Ocean City MD

According to the Worcester County Health Department, two people who visited Ocean City, Maryland have contracted Legionnaires’ disease after staying at the Econolodge Oceanblock on 145th Street.

Water samples taken at the hotel tested positive for Legionella bacteria and so the hotel has voluntarily shut down in order to remediate the problem.

Jules Zacher is a Philadelphia-based attorney has helped victims of Legionnaires’ disease in Ocean City, Maryland in the past.  To read more about his experiences with Legionnaires disease in Ocean City, please click here.

To read more about the recent Legionnaires’ disease cases in Ocean City, MD please click here.

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Sep
16
2014
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22 people have become ill with Legionnaires’ disease in Sabadell, a small town near Barcelona, Spain.  According to the regional health department, two of the 22 have died as a result of their illnesses.

The Legionnaires’ disease outbreak which began on September 5, involves twelve men and 10 women between the ages of 45 and 94 years, said the Catalonia regional health department last Tuesday in its statement.  Of the remaining 20 patients, 17 are still hospitalized and three have been discharged.

An investigation regarding these cases is ongoing and the health department has yet to find the source of the outbreak.

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Sep
15
2014
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Oak Forest Home and Rehab

The Oak ForestHealth and Rehabilitation in Winston-Salem, NC has been battling an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at its facility since June of this year and now the Forsyth County Public Health Department has just confirmed a seventh case.

According to a spokesperson of the North Carolina department of health, 83 confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been reported in North Carolina so far this year, which is slightly above average.  Of these 83 cases, six have been fatal.

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Sep
11
2014
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A woman in New Mexico has tested positive for Legionnaires’ disease.  After talking to the local health department, she believes she contracted the illness in Farmington, NM.  An investigation is ongoing.

To learn more about this story, please click here to view a news clip from KOAT 7 Albuquerque.

 

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Sep
10
2014
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Vietnam veteran, Steve Kortepeter, discusses his experiences with Legionnaires’ disease after visiting a VA outpatient clinic in Washington, PA.  As a result of having the illness, Mr. Kortepeter has lost 40 lbs, suffered depression and dementia, and can no longer drive.

Despite suffering this potentially fatal illness and having “done everything they’ve asked,” Mr. Kortepeter feels he’s been getting the “run-around” from the VA.

To learn more about this story, please click here.

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Sep
09
2014
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James Cook University Hospital

A patient with Legionnaires’ disease was admitted to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, a large town in England, toward the end of August.  

An investigation was performed to find the source of infection; it was determined by Health Protection Agency and Middlesbrough Council, however, that the patient contracted Legionnaires’ disease while traveling as it was the only case reported in the area.  “Our investigation into this case of Legionnaires’ disease is now complete and all the evidence suggests that the patient acquired their infection during foreign travel” they said in a released statement.

The Health and Safety Executive also played a role in the investigation, but the investigation was deemed “closed” after it was determined that the patient was exposed to Legionella bacteria while traveling.

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Sep
08
2014
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oxford mississippi

Mississippi state health officials are continuing a Legionnaires’ disease investigation after two cases were reported earlier this year.

According to a representative from the Mississippi State Health Department, these cases were reported in May and June of 2014 and are possibly linked.  The suspected source of infection is a hot tub at a hotel in Oxford, Miss.  The health department is in the process of sending out surveys to guests who stayed at the hotel during the time of the two confirmed Legionnaires’ disease cases.

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Sep
05
2014
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Eastern Niagara Hospital Health

Tap water restrictions were put in place on August 22 at Eastern Niagara Hospital-Lockport (ENH) in New York following the discovery of a potential Legionnaires’ disease case associated with the hospital.  Chlorine disinfection work began on Saturday, August 23, and the water restriction was lifted on August 27.

According to Carolyn Moore, ENH Director of Community Relations, the chlorination process was meant to kill any bacteria and that now, “Patients, visitors and staff can utilize water normally.”

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Sep
04
2014
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Wesley Ridge

Approximately one year ago, an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease occurred at Wesley Ridge, a retirement community in Central Ohio.  This outbreak resulted in 6 deaths and a total of at least 39 confirmed cases of the illness.

According to Peggy Carmany, CEO of Methodist Elder Care Services which oversees Wesley Ridge, steps have been taken to prevent future contamination.

To listen to the full interview, please click here.

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Sep
03
2014
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Water restrictions are currently in place at Hanover Square Apartments in Otterbein after a resident contracted Legionnaires’ disease in mid-July.  The resident lived in the 1 West Conway Street tower and is the only known case.

Health Department spokesman Michael Schwartzberg said that the city is in the process of testing the water at the apartment complex, but did not provide any further information about the patient.

According to Schwartzberg, water restrictions are not required with one case of Legionnaires’ disease, but was imposed anyway by the building manager.

Schwartzberg further said that there have been 27 reported cases so far this year in Baltimore, and that there were 30 reported Legionnaires’s disease cases last year.

Test results from samples taken of the building’s water are pending.

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