Outbreak of Legionnaire's Disease Has Nursing Home Taking Precautions

At one nursing home, three residents have been treated for Legionella, a bacterial infection related to Legionnaire’s Disease. Of the three residents, two have been treated and released, one is still hospitalized.

Legionnaire's disease is cause by bacteria usually transmitted through drinking water, air conditioning units and other water sprays which could be inhaled. Symptoms include headache, fever, muscle aches. In severe cases, the Legionella bacteria can lead to pneumonia. It is treated with antibiotics.

Officials at the nursing home took precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. These precautions include sterilization of the building and the water supply, switching to bottled water, and suspending showers for residents. The water at the facility had to be turned off for a short time but once treated it was turned back on. For more, read the story.

 


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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