Two inmates at a prison hospital in Ohio have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, an aggressive type of pneumonia that spreads through inhalation of contaminated airborne water particles.
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What’s the problem?
July 5, 2017 – The 2 cases of Legionnaires’ caused the Franklin Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, to cut off use of its tap water and install new faucets and filters, according to FOX 8. Prison officials said that environmental tests have been conducted in hopes of finding the source of the illnesses at the facility.
Franklin Medical Center houses close to 600 inmates who need medical and long-term care, some who may be more susceptible to Legionnaires’ disease. The prison also handles pregnant inmates.
A notice sent by the prison’s warden last week after the 2nd case was confirmed said inmates were not to use the showers and advised against drinking the water. A separate section of the prison wasn’t affected by the regulations.
Bottled water was being handed out to inmates and the prison’s 500 staff members. Most of the faucets and showers are now safe to use after new filters were installed, according to an internal memo sent last week.
Some of the faucets will require special fittings and still were not safe to use, the notice said.
Legionella, the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease, usually grow in closed water systems. People can get sick if they inhale mist or vapor from contaminated systems, and those with compromised respiratory systems are particularly vulnerable to it.
Signs and symptoms of Legionnaires’ include breathing difficulties, coughing, fever and muscle aches.
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