Two inmates of the Franklin Medical Center prison hospital located at 1990 Harmon Ave in Columbus, Ohio were diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. Administrators at the prison have indicated they are conducting environmental tests to determine the source of the Legionella bacteria responsible for these illnesses.
Legionnaires’ disease is caused by inhaling Legionella bacteria either by drinking contaminated water or breathing in air that is contaminated with an aerosolized form of the bacteria, as often seen in mists from showers or spas. Not everyone who comes in contact with the bacteria becomes ill. However, those who are more likely to suffer from Legionella-related illness are former smokers or people with underlying medical conditions. The two males that were diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease reportedly have multiple health issues, making them more susceptible.
Since the diagnoses, filters have been installed on the showers and faucets at the facility, and bottled water has been distributed for drinking. The hospital is home to around 576 inmates, including 37 pregnant woman, and a staff of 500 or so individuals.
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Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S. Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for update