Thursday, October 13, 2011

Legionnaires disease in Ocean City, MD

Legionnaires' disease has been detected in an Ocean City, MD hotel.  Six cases have been confirmed so far and one death has occurred.  You can read more about this outbreak in the article below.

Legionnaires' disease is a severe form of pneumonia. Most people get Legionnaires' disease from inhaling small droplets of water in the air that have been contaminated with the Legionella bacteria. The most likely sources are whirlpool spas, complex air-conditioning systems (usually in large buildings), and water used for drinking and bathing.  Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease usually begin 2 days to 2 weeks after exposure to the bacteria.  The most common symptoms of the disease include, a high fever, chills, and a cough.  If you think you may have been exposed to Legionella bacteria talk to your doctor or health department. Older adults, smokers and people with weakened immune systems are at high risk for contracting Legionnaires' disease.  If left untreated Legionnaires' disease can be fatal.
Things you can do to protect yourself from complications of Legionnaires’ disease are to live a healthy lifestyle, and vaccinate against pneumonia and influenza.  These vaccines are always available at all Passport Health locations.  
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