Legionnaires’ Disease Reported At Bolingbrook Senior Center, Chicago

After learning earlier this week about the ongoing cases of legionaries disease in Chicago nursing homes, yesterday CBS posted an article stating another resident of a separate home has tested positive for the disease.

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Will County Health Department is investigating a “health care-associated case” of Legionnaires’ disease at a Bolingbrook senior center.

Both the WCHD and the Illinois Department of Public Health are working to get more information and to investigate other potential cases.

The WCHD said no other source locations have been found outside the Meadowbrook Manor facility.

“Meadowbrook Manor has been taking a proactive approach to follow IDPH policies and requests that are made when any facility has a health care-associated Legionnaires’ disease case,” said the Will County Health Department in a news release. “These initiatives taken have included investigative and hygienic steps to reduce the risk of possible exposures, and notifying all residents and their families of the situation.”

Legionnaires’ disease is a very serious lung infection transmitted through contaminated water. The disease is not transmitted person to person, but primarily by consuming contaminated water. It can be spread through water vapor from cooling towers, showers, hot tubs, and decorative fountains, according to IDPH.

The case follows another report earlier this month of Legionnaires’ disease at a veterans’ home in Quincy, Illinois. The state has spent more than $6 million upgrading the water system at the Quincy home.

Meadowbrook Manor released a statement on the Legionnaires’ case:

“In response to recent reports that a resident from Meadowbrook Manor of Bolingbrook tested positive for Legionnaire’s Disease, the facility has initiated proactive water management plan safety measures to ensure that all residents, staff and visitors are not subject to any exposure or risk for the legionella bacteria. In addition, we are conducting an active investigation, as these test results do not pinpoint exactly when or where the resident was exposed to the bacteria. Nevertheless, the facility has implemented water restrictions and installed water filters in the facility. To date all water samples collected by the facility have tested negative for Legionella and more advance testing has been completed and the results are pending.  Ensuring resident safety and wellbeing is our primary mission.” 

This outbreak in Chicago is set to continue and it’s clear to see that improvements need to be made to ensure the safety of the residents of these homes.

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