Aug
28
2014
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The former head of the EPA’s Drinking Water Standards Division is calling for action to reduce the risk of waterborne diseases.

In the latest issue of the Journal of the American Water Works Association, Joseph A. Cotruvo, PhD, wrote that legionellosis “is now the most significant waterborne-disease risk associated with drinking water in the United States.”

According to the CDC, 19 out of 33 waterborne disease outbreaks in plumbing systems or from drinking water supplies in the United States from 2009-10 resulted from Legionella bacteria.  Further, a study found that Legionnaires’ disease has a 40% mortality rate if acquired in hospitals.

“As a matter of public health protection, appropriate supplemental water treatment measures must be applied to reduce those risks, especially among high-risk populations,” said Cotruvo.

The article argues that the supplemental disinfection measures should be regulated by the federal and state governments and that simply making adjustments to the current regulations in place would save thousands of lives.

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Aug
27
2014
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Eastern Niagara Hospital Health

Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport, NY made its tap water off-limits over the past weekend in order to chlorinate the water system and eliminate Legionella bacteria.  These disinfection steps were taken after it was learned that a potential case of Legionellosis (which includes Legionnaires’ disease,) may be associated with the hospital.   Legionella bacteria are known to have the potential to cause Legionnaires’ disease or Pontiac fever in susceptible individuals.

Daniel Stapleton with the Niagara County Department of Health said these were precautionary steps and that “The public has never been at risk and it won’t be at risk.  We regularly check the files and systems of these waterways and they’re all doing wat they’re supposed to be doing.”

As of Monday, August 25, the water was turned back on.

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Aug
19
2014
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Sleep Inn Alabama

Multiple people in Jefferson County, Alabama, including several members of a girls’ softball team are filing a lawsuit against Sleep Inn & Suites in Millbrook, Alabama after falling ill with Legionnaires’ disease following their stay at the hotel.  The lawsuit was filed on Aug. 13 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.

The girls’ softball team was in Prattville with their parents, coaches, and chaperones for a tournament and stayed overnight at the hotel.

Over two dozen people developed flu-like symptoms after their stay at Sleep Inn & Suites.

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Aug
14
2014
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CA HHSA

According to the Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA), HHSA has requested that the owners of the Discovery Inn, a hotel in Ukiah, Calif., turn over a list of guests, but still has yet to receive complete information.

In the meantime, a hotline has been opened to answer any question from individuals who may have been exposed to Legionella during their stay at the hotel between June and August 2014.

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Aug
13
2014
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Four people in Grimsby, a large seaport town in England, have contracted Legionnaires’ disease.  The four cases may be linked because they all four people were in the Freeman Street area before becoming symptomatic with the illness.

According to Dr. Simon Padfield, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control with Public Health England, “No further cases have been reported and no source of the infection has been confirmed to date.

“However, our investigations have shown that all four cases had been in the area around Freeman Street in Grimsby in the period before they became ill.”

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Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 3:05 pm
Aug
11
2014
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Allegany County

Two cases of Legionnaires’ disease were confirmed by health department officials in Allegany County, NY last week.

According to Allegany County environmental safety officer Thomas Hall, one of these cases was reported in Wellsville and the other was in Andover.

Laurie Hennessy, director of patient services for the health department said, “the public is not at risk.  These are sporadic cases that are expected throughout the year.”

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Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 6:06 pm
Aug
08
2014
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telephoneMedocino County in Northern California has set up a hotline for Legionnaires’ disease.

People who feel they may have been exposed to Legionella or are concerned about symptoms, can call the 24/7 hotline at 472-2650.

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Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 4:51 pm
Aug
05
2014
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Mendocino County CA

Three  cases of Legionnaires’ disease are being investigated in Mendocino County in Northern California.  All three were hospitalized for their illnesses.  Two have been released, but the third is still in the hospital.

It has been discovered that all three patients stayed at the Discovery Inn in north Ukiah, so this motel may be the source of bacterial exposure.

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Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 6:04 pm
Aug
04
2014
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Jules Zacher has filed lawsuit over a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at the Integrated Health Campus in Allentown, PA.   All plaintiffs in this case spent time at the Integrated Health Campus for various reasons and subsequently contracted Legionnaires’ disease.

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Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 5:53 pm
Aug
01
2014
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It was reported by USA Today that high levels of Legionella bacteria were found at the Montgomery and Tuskegee campuses of the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care system.  No cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been reported as of yet, but the presence of high levels of this bacteria poses a health threat to patients staying at the facilities.

According to a report, during the annual testing of the water systems on July 9 and 10, eight of the 12 sampling sites tested positive for Legionella bacteria.

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Posted by jzacher">jzacher at 5:07 pm