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3 Test Positive for Legionnaires Disease at Wisconsin Resort

3 people in Wisconsin who went to the same resort have been diagnosed with Legionnaires disease, a life-threatening form of pneumonia that spreads through inhalation of contaminated airborne water particles.

March 23, 2019 – Legionella pneumophila, the bacterium that causes Legionnaires, has been found in parts of the water system at the popular Christmas Mountain resort near Wisconsin Dells, according to WKOW. The Sauk County Health Department confirmed presence of the bacteria on Monday.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Legionnaires disease, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

What’s the problem?

A spokesperson for Bluegreen Communications, the company that owns Christmas Mountain, said they have “implemented a recommended risk reduction measure in addition to ongoing water management and remediation,” and that all accommodations at the resort are now equipped with “point of use” filters, which effectively eliminate 99% of exposure to Legionella.

“It was our understanding (via the health department) that there have been multiple cases reported across the region, in which only three cases reported to the health department are from guests that have stayed at the property within the last 24 months,” the Bluegreen spokesperson said. “There is no conclusive evidence that they contracted the Legionella bacteria during their stay at the property.”

Hayes said officials at the resort were fully cooperating with the health department. Health officials were requiring the resort to notify guests when they make a reservation to be aware of the risks, as well as informing them of the risks and symptoms of the disease upon check in.

Legionnaires’ disease, also known as legionellosis, is a form of atypical pneumonia caused by any type of Legionella bacteria, according to the Mayo Clinic. Signs and symptoms include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • High fever
  • Muscle pains
  • Headaches

Although legionnaires’ disease primarily affects the lungs, it occasionally can cause infections in wounds and in other parts of the body, including the heart.

A mild form of legionnaires’ disease — known as Pontiac fever — may produce signs and symptoms including a fever, chills, headache and muscle aches. Pontiac fever doesn’t infect your lungs, and symptoms usually clear within two to five days.

Do I Have a Legionnaires Disease Lawsuit?

The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Legionnaires disease lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.

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