Legionnaires’ disease is an ongoing public health threat in the United States and all across the world. The bacteria responsible for this disease is found in freshwater supplies worldwide. While modern water filtration systems and standards prevent larger outbreaks, they do still happen. Oftentimes, they are the result of neglecting to check water treatment systems and filters. What this means is that facility owners and public health services must remain vigilant. A Riverside Legionnaires’ disease outbreak is possible if water treatment systems are not properly maintained!
What is Legionnaires’ disease?
Discovered in 1976, Legionnaires’ disease is named for where and when its first outbreak was identified. The American Legion held its yearly 3-day convention in Philadelphia that year at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel. Three days after the convention ended, one Legionnaire died of an apparent heart attack. Seven days later, 130 convention attendees would be hospitalized, and 25 had died. The bacteria determined responsible for the infections was found to have spread through the air conditioning. Legionella, as the bacteria would be named, was breeding in the cooling towers for the entire building’s AC system.
Riverside Legionnaires’ disease victims may have difficulty separating the initial symptoms of the infection from pneumonia. It can also be misdiagnosed as Pontiac fever. Roughly ten percent of those infected can die, with higher mortality in both the very young and very old.
Where could a Riverside Legionnaires’ disease outbreak begin?
Hospitals, retirement homes, schools and hotels have all become breeding grounds for the legionella bacteria. Commonly, the bacteria begins breeding in air conditioning cooling towers and water treatment systems. When well maintained, the bacteria are destroyed by the treatment process. Water faucets and shower heads can have filters installed that prevent bacteria transmission through water mist. This is why the disease is considered easily controlled. However, if water treatment is neglected, a Riverside Legionnaires’ disease outbreak is very possible.
California has seen a recent outbreak of Legionnnaires’ disease at the San Quentin State Prison. The source was yet again the cooling towers for the air conditioning system.
Penney and Associates is ready to assist Riverside Legionnaires’ disease victims!
Our law firm has extensive experience in dealing with cases involving Legionnaires’ disease. We know how devastating this infection can be to families. We also know how frustrating it can be to learn just how easily the disease could have been prevented, if only facility owners and administrators had been willing to spend the money on their building.
Legionella can be easily controlled with proper water treatment systems. Regular inspections can determine if the bacteria is breeding, and if the system is failing somewhere along the way. Cheap water filters on showers limit the possibility of infection even further at hotels and hospitals. When owners and administrators fail to carry out these measures, they are failing the people who use their facilities, and putting their lives at risk.
If you or a family member are suffering from Riverside Legionnaires’ disease, contact Penney and Associates today. With a free consultation, we can go over the facts of your case, and get you on the road towards the financial compensation you deserve!