Two New Cases of Legionnaires’ Disease Linked to an Illinois Gym
Two new cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been documented in Illinois, drawing attention to the dangers of this dangerous illness. The incidents have been linked to an L.A. Fitness workout center in Niles, near Chicago.
Legionnaires’ disease is a respiratory illness caused by exposure to Legionella bacteria. It is typically contracted from hotels, motels, apartment buildings, office buildings, warehouses, production facilities, nursing homes, hospitals, and other places when people breathe in small droplets of water containing bacteria which has grown in improperly designed or maintained building water systems.
The Illinois Department of Public Health is investigating the Niles gym. The county and state confirmed that Legionella bacteria had been found in a hot tub. This incident occurred only months after a cluster of Legionnaires’ disease cases broke out in Burbank, Illinois. In 2021, Illinois reported 522 cases of Legionnaires’ disease statewide, and 227 from January to September 2022.
Legionnaires’ disease cases are rare, but they can have a devastating impact. For more insight about Legionnaires’ disease, read this Q&A on our website.
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