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Will County Health Department investigating Legionnaire's case at Bolingbrook nursing home

The Will County Health Department on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, in Joliet.
The Will County Health Department on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, in Joliet.

The Will County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health are investigating a health care-associated case of Legionnaire’s disease at a senior home in Bolingbrook.

A resident at Meadowbrook Manor tested positive for the disease, although no potential source locations outside of the home have been identified, according to a news release from the Will County Health Department.

Both health departments are working with Meadowbrook Manor to collect information and investigate any potential cases.

The home has also been notifying all residents and their families of the situation.

Meadowbrook Manor said in a statement Thursday it has initiated proactive water management plan safety measures to ensure all residents, staff and visitors are not subject to any exposure or risk for Legionella bacteria.

To date, all water samples collected by the facility have tested negative for Legionella and more advanced testing has been completed, although those results are pending, according to the statement.

The home said test results do not pinpoint exactly when or where the resident was exposed to the bacteria.

Legionnaire’s disease is not passed from person to person. The bacteria occur naturally in the environment.

Water containing Legionella can cause Legionnaire’s disease after being inhaled following aerosolization through cooling towers, showers, hot tubs and decorative fountains.

More information on Legionnaire’s disease can be found at the IDPH website, dph.illinois.gov. Additional information can also be found on the website for the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention, cdc.gov.

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