Legionnaires’ disease is a serious type of pneumonia (lung infection) caused by bacteria called Legionella. Anyone who was a patient, worked at or visited Mount Carmel Grove City should take care to watch for symptoms. If you have symptoms or concerns, please contact your healthcare provider.
Signs and symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease can include:
• Shortness of breath
• Muscle aches
• Headache • Fever
Man-made water sources become a health problem when small droplets of water that contain the bacteria get into the air and people breathe them in. Legionnaires’ disease is not contagious.
Most healthy people do not get Legionnaires’ disease after being exposed to Legionella. Being 50 years or older or having certain risk factors can increase your chances of getting sick. These risk factors include:
• Being a current or former smoker
• Having a chronic lung disease, such as emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary
• Having a weakened immune system from diseases like cancer, diabetes, or kidney
• Taking medication that weakens your immune system
If anyone is experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact your doctor right away.
Keep up to date with the Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak of Mount Carmel Grove City by going to myfcph.org/legionella There will be updates to the chart daily at 3:00pm.