Jan 23, 2020

Illinois Retirement Community Reports Three Cases of Legionnaires Disease

Three cases of Legionnaires disease have been reported at a retirement community.

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Three cases of Legionnaires disease, two of them fatal, were reported at a retirement community in Carol Stream, Illinois.

The cases have sprung up since May 2019 at the Covenant Living at Windsor Park retirement community, according to a statement from the DuPage County Health Department.

"Two residents of Windsor Park have died from a combination of Legionnaires' disease and other underlying conditions," said DuPage County Health Department spokesman Don Bolger.

The cases are believed to be unrelated to each other, according to a statement from Covenant Living at Windsor Park.

The Dupage County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are currently working with the retirement facility to investigate the cases, reported the Chicago Sun Times. Windsor Park is informing residents who may be affected and following IDPH recommendations for identifying other potential cases. 

IDPH is also conducting an on-site visit to test the facility’s water, reported the statement.

According to the statement, Windsor Park is “taking action based on its water management plan and implementing multiple control measures. This includes flushing the plumbing system.”

“Covenant Living at Windsor Park has a resident residing in skilled nursing who was admitted from outside the community and tested positive for the Legionella bacteria,” said the statement. “Our prayers are with this individual at this time. Since this past May, we had two other cases and sadly, the individuals passed away of complications from multiple other illnesses and did test positive for the Legionella bacteria. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with their families.”

Although Legionella bacteria occurs naturally, it can cause a serious lung infection, according to the CDC. Outbreaks are commonly associated with buildings or structures that have complex water systems.

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