The Duval County Health Department has confirmed a case of Legionnaires’ disease at a senior living center in Jacksonville, Florida.
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What’s the Problem?
June 15, 2017 – The case of Legionnaires’ was reported at Watercrest Senior Living on San Jose Boulevard in Jacksonville, according to ClickOrlando.
Watercrest spokeswoman Susie Wiles said it’s unclear where the patient contracted the disease, due to the fact that legionella, the bacterium that causes Legionnaires’ disease, can remain latent in a person’s body for months or even years. She said he started showing symptoms Friday, but nobody else at the facility has reported any symptoms.
Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia caused by a bacterium called legionella. The bacteria thrives in moist environments such as hot tubs, decorative fountains and building cooling towers.
Legionnaires’ typically develops from 2 to 10 days after exposure to legionella. Signs and symptoms include headache, muscle pain, chills, and fever of 104 F (40 C) or higher.
Residents at Watercrest Senior Living facility who are having symptoms of Legionnaires’ should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
Because only one person has tested positive to date, the case does not meet the CDC’s definition of a Legionnaires’ outbreak.
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