An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Napa County, California, on August 3 killed one person and hospitalized 11 others, according to a statement released on August 3. The 12 people, all Napa County residents, have been diagnosed, and three remain hospitalized since July 11, the statement said.
Legionnaires’ disease is caused by the bacteria called Legionella that grow in warm water, the statement said. According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC), people can get sick after inhaling or swallowing water droplets contaminated with Legionella . Legionella can grow and spread in artificial water systems such as sink faucets, shower heads, decorative fountains, hot tubs, hot water tanks or heaters, plumbing Systems and cooling towers are part of a building’s cooling system that contains water and fans, according to the CDC.
Napa County officials tested man-made water source and found “high levels of Legionella found in samples from cooling towers at Embassy Suites in Napa Valley,” statement says bacteria”. None of the 12 residents diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease have stayed at or visited the hotel. During a Legionella outbreak, more than one source of Legionella is often found; as a result, officials are still looking for other polluted water sources.
The CDC says Legionnaires’ disease doesn’t usually spread from person to person — meaning you’re likely to have to ingest or swallow contaminated water droplets to get sick — — but admit it is possible. Those who died from the current outbreak in Napa County were over the age of 50 and had “high risk factors for serious illness,” the statement said. People at increased risk include former or current smokers, people with chronic lung disease, people with weakened immune systems, people with cancer, people with underlying medical conditions (such as kidney failure, liver failure, or diabetes), and people over the age of 50 people. CDC.
According to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), there are an estimated 25,000 veterans cases annually in the United States; the disease can occur sporadically or in outbreaks. Symptoms in veterans include shortness of breath, cough, fever, headache, and muscle aches; it’s also linked to nausea, diarrhea, and confusion, according to the CDC, which notes that Legionella symptoms often occur after exposure to appears within 2 to 14 days after Legionella . However, these signs may take longer to appear.
If you develop veteran-related symptoms, you should see your doctor immediately, according to the CDC. Multiple tests can be performed to provide an accurate diagnosis. A chest X-ray can confirm that a person has pneumonia; from there, a doctor can perform a urine test or a sputum sample to determine if the pneumonia is caused by the Legionella bacteria caused. (Also of note: The Legionella bacteria cause a milder illness called Pontiac fever, which can be diagnosed with a similar test.) The CDC says if you seek medical attention for symptoms of Legionella, if you think you have been exposed to Legionella , left home overnight, used a hot tub or stayed Hospitalized for the past two weeks.
Veterans can be treated with antibiotics, but according to the NHS, the recovery period can last several weeks after the illness for most people with the disease of people, treatment is successful – although hospitalization may be required in severe cases.
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