January 7, 2021 zacherlaw 0 Comments

An outbreak of Legionnaires disease at a Portland apartment complex has killed one person and hospitalized three others. It has also resulted in the evacuation of over 100 residents. The health department is working with Northwest Housing Alternatives, which owns the complex where the outbreak occurred, to find other places for residents to stay. [1]

The health department confirmed that experts have linked the outbreak to the apartments water system. People can contract Legionnaires disease when they breathe in very small droplets of water contaminated with the Legionella bacteria. Multnomah County Health Officer Jennifer Vines spoke to the press about this incident. She informed them that the plumbing has since been shut off in the building due to the outbreak. Vines also said the health department is working to find out whether water supplied to other nearby properties is also affected.

As a result, the county is working to clean the building’s plumbing system and remove any remaining traces of Legionella.  Above all, the the evacuated residents want to return home safely. Health experts confirm that this disease is not known to spread from person to person, but from infected water systems. Additionally, the elderly, smokers, those with chronic diseases such as COPD or diabetes, and the immunosuppressed are the most vulnerable in an outbreak such as this one. [2]

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[1] https://www.columbian.com/news/2021/jan/05/1-dead-3-hospitalized-in-legionnaires-disease-outbreak-in-portland/

[2] https://katu.com/news/local/1-dead-4-hospitalized-with-legionnaires-disease-at-portland-apartments

Outbreak of Legionnaires Disease in A Portland Apartment Complex was last modified: February 12th, 2021 by zacherlaw

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