According to news sources, a total of 13 residents of the Wesley Ridge Retirement Community and one employee have contracted Legionnaires’ disease. Tragically, two people have died after acquiring the disease. The illnesses began to be reported last week, and the water systems at Wesley Ridge were tested by the CDC as well as by a private contractor. Residents and staff were restricted from using the tap water, and these restrictions remain in place as remediation has commenced, which includes superheating the system and flushing it with chlorine.
With 14 total cases and two deaths associated with this outbreak, a very serious situation has developed in Reynoldsburg. While officials and the public hope that remediation efforts prevent future illness, questions must be asked regarding how this deadly outbreak may have occurred. Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks are preventable with proper water maintenance procedures, so it is very unfortunate and troublesome when an outbreak of this magnitude occurs.
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.