Kane County Health Authorities Investigate the Cause of Outbreak of Legionnaires 'Disease That Said Four Residents of the Home for the Homeless in Batavia Late Thursday, it was reported that four residents of Covenant Living in Holmstad, Batavia, had confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease were hospitalized.
Stack said she does not know if the four residents are still in the hospital or if they have been treated and released. Legionnaire's disease is a serious lung infection that people can get by inhaling small droplets of water containing legionella bacteria, the health department said. Outbreaks are most commonly associated with buildings or structures with complex water systems.
According to Stack, health ministry investigators have been with Covenant Living since Thursday night and have not identified the source yet.
fine tooth comb, "said Stack," The issue of where this comes from is a top priority. "
Randy Eilts, Public Relations and Communications Director at Covenant Living, said all residents and staff were informed about the situation and officials plan to hold a meeting on Tuesday Residents have an opportunity to ask questions.
The company said in a press release that local residents' welfare is a top priority and that all of Kane County's Department of Health and the Department of Health of Covenant Living adheres to a stringent legionella water treatment plan that includes regular testing and water source treatment, according to the press release.
"They're doing it all right," Stack said of Covenant Living's management. They are a great company to work with
Stack said that legionnaires' disease does not spread through human-to-human contact, so this does not pose a danger to the general public.
Eilts declined to comment on whether Covenant Living had restricted visitors' access to the 38-hectare retirement community. According to Stack, the exposure of visitors to Legionella bacteria is likely to be very limited.
In other recent local outbreaks, health officials announced in mid-August that they had confirmed two cases related to a Schaumburg hotel and had confirmed it in November last year confirmed three cases in a senior community in McHenry.