4 Cases of Legionniares' Disease Reported at Advocate Christ Medical Center

State health officials are investigating a local hospital after four cases of Legionnaires' disease have been confirmed. One hospital employee and three patients tested positive for the disease. Now health officials are conducting on-site tests of the hospital's water to confirm the presence of legionella, the bacteria that causes the disease and can grow in building water supplies. Legionnaires' isn't spread person-to-person. It spreads through water-- cooling towers, water fountains, hot tubs, showers, etc.

Legionnaires’ Disease is a form of pneumonia that can be extremely severe, and can lead to death. Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, fever, muscle pains, and headaches.




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