March 19, 2021 zacherlaw 0 Comments

This post highlights three past client’s cases to demonstrate the common scenarios where Legionnaires disease can be contracted. This post examines the potential sources of exposure that exist in a day spa and waterpark settings. For more information on the possible dangers of hot tubs, check out our blog post about it.

In February 2017, our clients contracted Legionnaires disease following a visit to a local Sauna and Spa. Within days of each of their visits, they began suffering from symptoms that eventually led to their Legionnaires disease diagnosis. 

The spa offered a variety of amenities including hot tubs, spas, saunas, pools, and showers. As we have mentioned in previous posts, hot tubs, pools and spas are relatively common sources of exposure. This is because Legionella bacteria can grow and become aerosolized through a number of different sources where water is being heated. Legionella can be controlled with various disinfection methods, including chlorination. Disinfection must be ongoing and routine, and maintenance must be performed to all water systems where the Legionella bacteria can grow. The CDC recommends that all property owners implement a Legionella prevention program for their water systems as well as a risk management program in case a property owner and or manager learns of the presence of Legionella.

While visiting the spa, each of our clients used the pools, saunas, hot tubs, and showers. Subsequently, in a matter of days they became seriously ill and required hospitalization. Each of the three clients was ultimately diagnosed with Legionnaires disease. After the local health department was notified of this outbreak, they began their investigation and notified the defendant of the possible outbreak. The health departments later testing discovered the presence of Legionella bacteria in several locations in the defendant’s water systems. Therefore, the health department determined the defendants Spa was the source of the outbreak of Legionnaires disease. 

We prepared a complaint on behalf of our clients seeking remedies under state recreation laws alleging that the Spa and its staff were negligent in their care of their water systems, including in regard to their pool, spas, saunas and hot tubs, which led to the Legionella bacterial growth on their premises.  

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Legionella Revisited: The Spa and Waterpark Case was last modified: March 19th, 2021 by zacherlaw

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