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Death reported after Legionnaires outbreak at Mount Carmel Grove City

One person has died at Mount Carmel Grove City following a Legionnaires diagnosis. This comes following a Friday report that the location has seven individuals that had been diagnosed with Legionnaires. Mount Carmel released the following statement.

We are deeply saddened to confirm that one of the patients who was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease passed away today. Out of respect for the family’s privacy and in keeping with patient privacy laws, we are not discussing the specifics and complexities of patient information. We can say that it’s too early to determine the final cause of death. For most people, the risk of developing Legionnaires’ disease is low; however, individuals with chronic, underlying medical conditions are at increased risk.

 Currently, we’re working with county and state health officials to identify the source of the bacteria. We’ve taken several steps to protect our patients, staff and visitors, including implementing extensive water restrictions. We are running additional tests on water sources throughout Mount Carmel Grove City, and our entire water supply is undergoing supplemental disinfection. We’re confident that we can safely maintain full services of the hospital.

Mount Carmel Health System

According to Franklin County Public Health, Legionnaires kills about ten percent of those infected, but in a hospital setting, that can more than double to 25 percent.

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