Legionnaires’ Disease Reports Increase
Reported cases of Legionnaires’ disease are on the rise.
As discussed in USA Today, the number of Legionnaires’ disease cases has increased more than fivefold since 2000. These reports include some recent outbreaks in Illinois, including:
- A veteran recently contracted the disease at a veterans’ care facility in Manteno. As a result, Governor J.B. Pritzker ordered a review of health and safety procedures practiced by the state’s Department of Veterans Affairs.
- In 2015, several veterans died at an Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs home in Quincy.
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 medical facilities. People contract the disease when they breathe in small droplets of water containing bacteria that has grown in improperly designed or maintained building water systems.
The name Legionnaires’ disease originates from a 1976 American Legion convention in Philadelphia where the outbreak was first identified.
Why the Increase in Reports?
The USA Today story suggests a number of reasons why we’re seeing an increase in reports of Legionnaires’ disease. They include:
- Better awareness, improved testing, and an aging population more susceptible to Legionnaires’ disease.
- Poor oversight at the facilities where Legionnaires’ disease is more likely to happen. As the article reports, “The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requires hospitals and nursing homes to bolster oversight of building water systems and medical equipment that could expose patients to harmful bacteria. There’s little regulatory oversight at apartments, hotels and other nonmedical buildings.”
A Devastating Disease
It is possible to cure Legionnaires’ disease with antibiotics. But the disease must be detected early. Properly maintained facilities are the key to preventing outbreaks in the first place. Unfortunately, this terrible disease is often misunderstood. And victims may not even be aware that they have it. People needing legal assistance also discover that few attorneys possess the specialized knowledge of Legionnaires’ disease to help.
At Capron & Avgerinos, we’ve seen firsthand how devastating Legionnaires’ disease can be. We have collected millions of dollars on behalf of individuals and the families of individuals who have contracted Legionnaires’ disease. On our website, we answer questions you might be asking as the disease remains in the public eye. Please read our discussion on Legionnaires’ disease to understand this illness and become more aware.
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