November 5, 2021 zacherlaw 0 Comments

A patient at Southeast Missouri Mental Health Center has tested positive for Legionnaires’ disease. The 66-year-old patient was transported to a hospital and is in stable condition.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services began extensive testing of the water systems at the Farmington, Missouri, facility. The Department is also assisting the facility in implementing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

After a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at a veterans home in the neighboring state of Illinois, health department officials in Missouri tightened reporting requirements for Legionnaires’ disease in the state. Facilities must report evidence of the disease within one day, rather than the previous three-day period.

To read more about the case in Missouri, click here.

To read more about the outbreak at the veterans home in Illinois, see our previous blog posts here.

For more information on Legionnaires’ disease, check out the National Academies of Sciences Management of Legionella in Water Systems Report here.

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Confirmed Case of Legionnaires’ Disease at Missouri Mental Health Facility was last modified: November 5th, 2021 by zacherlaw

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