CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia health officials say there is a 12th case of Legionnaires’ disease in Chesterfield County. This comes after samples taken from several Chesterfield locations found the bacteria that can cause the disease.
The Chesterfield Health District (CHD) said in a July release that there were 10 verified cases, all since the start of May, reported among older adults and people with medical conditions. The CHD’s director, Dr. Alexander Samuel, told 8News in early August that the county’s 11th case was contracted by an elderly person.
As of Sept. 12, the Virginia Department of Health said there have been a dozen confirmed cases among older adults and people with certain medical conditions since May 1.
Several Chesterfield schools have recently tested positive for Legionella bacteria. The schools’ cooling towers have been cleaned and no reports indicate any children have been affected.
Legionnaires’ disease, which is caused by Legionella bacteria that naturally live in lakes and streams, is a type of pneumonia, according to the CHD. The bacteria is a concern when it’s aerosolized into small droplets in private water systems — like cooling towers, hot tubs, and fountains.
You can find more information about Legionnaires’ disease here.
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