Orillia cooling tower shut down amid Legionnaires’ disease outbreak

Orillia’s Rotary Place cooling tower has been closed as the local health unit investigates a cluster of Legionnaires’ disease cases.

There have been nine reported cases of the illness, which is a type of pneumonia, according to Charles Gardner, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s medical officer of health. “It is caught from the environment – it isn’t spread person to person,” Gardner told Global News.

The Rotary Place cooling tower in Orillia was shut down, as recommended by the health unit, after test results came back on Thursday that indicated there were higher than normal levels of Legionella bacteria at the site.

Whilst the cooling tower is now reopened its reassuring to see that the testing and cleaning systems are in place and working.

While there was a higher-than-average presence of Legionella bacteria at the Rotary Place cooling centre, officials said on Friday that they still haven’t discovered the source of the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak.

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