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Senior living community disinfected after bout with Legionnaires' disease

October 27, 2009
BALTIMORE — Legionella Risk Management Inc. has been brought in to disinfect Stadium Place, a senior living community with six confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the past month, according to the Baltimore Messenger.
Legionella Risk Management arrived last Friday to superheat the central hot water tank, flush out pipes and faucets and undertake a chemical process that involves treating the water supply for the complex of four apartment buildings, the story stated.
According to the story, Legionnaires’ disease is caused by the Legionella bacteria, which is found naturally in the environment, but must be in high concentrations to cause the disease.
While an investigation continues to identify the source of the Legionella bacteria, community meetings have been arranged to notify the populace of the risks associated with Legionnaires’ disease and how to prevent its contraction, the story noted.
The city of Baltimore and the Maryland Department of Health are working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and have sent water samples from multiple sites on the Stadium Place campus to the CDC for testing, the story added.
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