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Additional cases of Legionnaires at Mount Carmel Grove City

Legionella Outbreak at Mount Carmel Grove City Hospital

UPDATE: Three more cases of Legionnaires has been confirmed at Mount Carmel Grove City. The number of cases is now at 13. Seven are female and six are male.

The number of Legionnaires cases at Mount Carmel’s Grove City Campus is growing. They are now at 10 confirmed cases, including one death. Franklin County Public Health is working with Mount Carmel Grove City, the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate a Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak at the Mount Carmel Grove City Hospital. The source of the outbreak is unknown at this time.

Confirmed Case Data from 6/4/2019
Total Confirmed10
Age Range50-90 years
Average Age71.5 years
Gender6 female; 4 male
Hospitalized (overall)10
Deaths1
Hospital Exposure Date Range04/27/2019-05/24/2019

What is Legionnaires’ Disease?

Legionnaires’ Disease is a severe form of pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacterium. Although Legionella can live in fresh water, it’s often associated with large or complex water systems that are usually found in hospitals, nursing homes or hotels. You cannot get Legionnaires’ Disease from another person. You can only get it by breathing in small water droplets that contain Legionella from sources such as hot tubs or showers.

Symptoms include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Muscle aches
  • Fever
  • Headache

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