Legionnaire’s disease cluster investigated in Burbank, Illinois; 4 cases tied to St. Albert the Great Church, IDPH says

Legionnaire’s disease cluster investigated in Burbank, Illinois; 4 cases tied to St. Albert the Great Church, IDPH says

BURBANK, Ailing. (TOC) — Public well being officers are investigating a cluster of Legionnaires’ illness instances in Burbank, Illinois, that emerged between June and August.

At the very least 4 instances have been linked to St. Albert the Nice Church in Burbank, Illinois Dept. of Public Well being officers stated in a press launch Friday.

Lab exams detected the presence of legionella micro organism within the church’s cooling tower.

IDPH stated the church is absolutely cooperating in remediating the cooling tower and notifying parishioners. The cooling tower has been shut down till legionella is now not detected.

Legionnaires’ illness is a severe lung an infection (pneumonia) that folks can get by inhaling small droplets of water containing Legionella micro organism. It’s not transmitted person-to-person.

Legionnaire’s illness signs often develop as much as two weeks after publicity, based on IDPH. The sickness often begins with a excessive fever of 102 to 105 levels, with different signs together with chills, muscle aches, coughs and shortness of breath.

Legionnaire’s illness signs often develop as much as two weeks after publicity, based on IDPH.

These at an elevated threat of getting sick from Legionnaires’ embody individuals ages 50 and older, people who smoke, and people with continual illness or a weakened immune system.

Public well being officers are urging anybody with threat components who develop signs to go to a health care provider.

Extra details about Legionnaires’ illness could be discovered on the IDPH web site and the CDC web site.

ABC7 Chicago did attain out to the Archdiocese who stated a letter might be despatched to parishioners someday Saturday.

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