Cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been skyrocketing across the U.S. in recent years, with a more than 450% increase since 2002, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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Update: Legionnaires Outbreak Reported in New Hampshire
August 27, 2018 – At least 4 people have developed case-confirmed symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease in Hampton, New Hampshire, health officials said, with additional cases likely. The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) said the victims contracted Legionnaires’ near Ashworth Avenue between Island Path and H Street in Hampton during the late part of July or early this month.
What’s the Problem?
June 16, 2017 – The CDC study found that outbreaks of Legionnaires’ have been on the rise since 2000, noting several new cases over the last few weeks alone:
- Two hotel guests in Last Vegas contracted the lung infection;
- New York City police officers were warned against showering at their station due to the disease, and
- At least 4 cases of Legionnaires’ were reported at 2 different LA Fitness locations in Florida.
CDC found that there are currently about 6,000 new diagnoses of Legionnaires’ annually in the U.S., and that rates of the disease are up a staggering 450% since 2002. The study’s authors cautioned that a percentage of the increase is likely due to advanced diagnostic techniques and monitoring by hospitals.
Legionella is found naturally in fresh water environments, like lakes and streams. It can become a health concern when it grows and spreads into manmade water systems.
Source of New York Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak Identified
August 15, 2018 – A housing complex in Manhattan has been identified as the likely source of an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that sickened at least 27 people in Washington Heights and Hamilton Heights, including one person who died, according to CBS New York. Officials said Legionella bacteria from the cooling tower matched strains from patients.
Illinois Veterans’ Home Sued After Deadly Legionnaires’ Outbreak
January 4, 2018 – The families of 11 U.S. veterans who died due to complications of Legionnaires disease at an Illinois nursing home have filed a lawsuit against the facility for negligence. Since July 2015, the disease has claimed the lives of 13 residents of the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, Ill., and sickened another 61, according to an investigation by the Chicago public radio station WBEZ.
Do I Have a Legionnaire’s Disease Lawsuit?
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