Legionnaires’ Outbreak In Alabama Reportedly Centers On Nursing Home

A Legionnaires’ outbreak in Alabama could be linked to a nursing home according to state authorities.

Multiple news reports suggest that the Legionnaires outbreak is apparently connected to Glenwood Nursing Home in Florence, Ala.

As The Inquisitr has previously reported, Legionellosis or Legionnaires’ Disease, so-called due to an outbreak during a 1976 American Legion convention in Philadelphia, has a mortality rate of 5% to 30%, and can range up to 50% in certain outbreaks.

In the outbreak that is currently under investigation by the Alabama Department of Public Health, there have been 13 confirmed cases involving 10 residents of the nursing home and three visitors. This includes an 80-year-old woman who passed away Thursday in a Tuscaloosa hospital. Officials are investigating whether if any of these persons were infected at the nursing facility. Environmental testing results are expected next week.

Huntsville’s WAFF.com reports that “Health officials said the common link between all confirmed cases is the Glenwood Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center. Investigators have been working around the clock with staff at the facility collecting samples from the environment, but they are not ruling out any other possible sources.”

In a statement, the nursing home said it was cooperating fully with state and local health departments and added that “Glenwood Healthcare is not aware of any conclusive results from the environmental testing performed in our community by Alabama Department of Public Health and the U.S. Center for Disease Control that identify the source of Legionella bacteria.”

A Legionnaires’ outbreak is apparently not considered contagious per se. “Legionnaires’ disease is a bacterial infection that can cause deadly pneumonia. It does not spread from person to person. Instead, people get it from inhaling contaminated mist or vapor. Tainted shower water, air conditioning systems or whirlpool spas are among the ways bacteria get in the air.”

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