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August 19, 2011
Water tests at the Parma Community General Hospital in Parma, Ohio, had results showing elevated levels of Legionella bacterium in the water system. According to Cleveland.com, the results were released last week and no outbreaks of the disease associated with the organism have been reported.
Legionella bacteria are spread through contaminated water. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that hospitals are especially prone to out breaks because of their vast piping system throughout a facility. Humans can contract the bacteria by breathing in contaminated water vapor. Once inside the body, the bacteria can begin to reproduce and the infected patient will begin to show symptoms within two to fourteen days. Some of the more common symptoms associated with an infection, include high fever, chills, and a cough. If left untreated, the disease can turn into pneumonia and may lead to death in certain cases.
Since the test results were released, hospital staff have moved two ICU patients and released another to ensure they are not exposed. Hospital staff has also worked to remove the bacteria by flushing the pipes with hot water and changing out all infected faucet heads.
The Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy may be able to help you if you have become sick because of a disease you were exposed to at a healthcare facility. Get in touch with them now to discuss your case
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