A Maryland retirement community implemented a water treatment program earlier this summer after residents contracted Legionnaires’ disease. The water has been tested and health officials have now cleared the facility for normal operation.
A case of Legionnaires’ disease at the Lutheran Village at Miller’s Grant in Ellicott City, MD, prompted management to shut off the water at the facility in early June. Two more residents were eventually diagnosed with the disease. While water was shut off, residents used bottled water for cooking and cleaning and avoided showers in the bathrooms, and some stayed at hotels. Health officials think it likely that the residents contracted the disease from the retirement community, though extensive testing of the facility’s water did not reveal the source of the bacteria.
Despite not finding a definite source for the Legionella bacteria, management was extremely cautious, and they have performed several rounds of lab tests. These tests have shown that the level of Legionella in the water does not pose a health risk to residents. Still, the health department has advised the facility to test its water every two weeks for the next three months. If results continue to show no bacteria, officials will stop testing.
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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 updates.