HASTINGS, MI – Patients and visitors to a West Michigan hospital with legionella bacteria in the water can call a hotline if they are worried about the exposure.
Spectrum Health Pennock in Hastings has set up hotlines at 844-689-2875 and 616-391-9986 to worry about the bacteria that cause legionnaires' disease.
Since September, two hospital patients have tested positive for the potentially fatal disease. Only one of them, a 92-year-old man, has since died. The other was treated and released.
Barry-Eaton Ministry of Health officials said the man had died from chronic aspiration pneumonia and could not be determined to be related to Legionnaires' disease.
It is also unclear whether the patients are affected The disease got itself out of the water at Spectrum Health Pennock, officials from the Barry-Eaton Ministry of Health said.
One dies of Legionella pneumonia found in the West Michigan Hospital in the water.
The hospital tested its Legionella water on December. 1
The Health Department was informed on 26th December about the positive results. A day later, the health department sent out a press release about the situation.
Spectrum Health Pennock is connected to the urban waters of Hastings, serving about 7,350 people. Health officials in the region say the wider population should not be alarmed that their water is contaminated, as the Legionella are included in the sanitary system of the hospital.
Contaminated water from the sanitary area of the hospital can not be returned to the urban supply thanks to reflux prevention devices, the Hastings Municipality said.
The urban water supply is tested daily for bacterial growth. No other cases of Legionnaires' Disease have been reported.
The hospital uses alternative water sources and uses all showers and taps as a short-term remedy, hospital staff said at a press conference on Thursday, December 27th. 19659002] Legionnaire's disease is a type of pneumonia or pneumonia in which, according to the health department, about one in ten kills.
Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, headache and fever. "The disease can be treated with antibiotics.
Humans are infected with Legionella by breathing small water droplets from the air that contain the bacteria. According to the health department, it is not distributed from person to person.