Health Officials: 3 cases of Legionnaires' disease at 2 Chicago...

Officials: 3 cases of Legionnaires' disease at 2 Chicago nursing homes Chicago News

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This 1978 electron microscope, produced by the Disease Control and Prevention Centers, shows bacteria Pneumophila Legionella, who are responsible for creating the disease of the pneumonic Studies Legion. (Francis Chandler / CDC through AP)This 1978 electron microscope, produced by the Disease Control and Prevention Centers, shows bacteria Pneumophila Legionella, who are responsible for creating the disease of the pneumonic Studies Legion. (Francis Chandler / CDC through AP)

The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Chicago Department of Public Health are investigating three cases of Legionnaires' disease at two Northside nursing homes.

There are two residents at Balmoral Nursing Home (2055 W. Balmoral Ave.) and one resident at the Admiral at the Lake (929 W. Foster Ave.) who is diagnosed with Legionnaire's disease, according to Illinois Public Health Department. Officials say that the cases are not at the two related facilities.

Balmoral Nursing Home implemented water restrictions and installed water filters in certain areas of the facility, according to IDPH, which collected water samples for testing and are awaiting results. Water samples were collected and tested consultant of the negative facility for legionella bacteria, according to health officials.

Legionnaires' disease is a flue such as water vapor infected with inhalation of Legionella bacteria. Most people do not receive Legionletter after they have exposed Legionella bacteria, and the disease is not transmitted from person to person. Older people and people with immune systems are particularly vulnerable to the disease.

Symptoms of the disease usually begin within 12 days of exposure to the bacteria and include high fever, cooling, muscular pain and headaches. All people who were ill at Balmoral Nursing Home and the Admiral at the Lake were at the facilities 10 days before health officers showed signs.

The IDPH environmental health team visited the site at Admiral at the Lake, which is implementing processes to reduce exposure and employs a water management company, by health officer.

Balmoral Nursing Home informed residents and employees of both cases at its facility, and Admiral at the Lake is working to inform residents and staff of the Lecturers case at its facility, according to IDPH. Both nursing homes are monitoring to identify other possible cases when implementing appropriate testing and clinical management.

Contact Kristen Thometz: @kristenthometz | (773) 509-5452 | [email protected]


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