SPRINGFIELD –(ENEWSPF)—February 26, 2018
By: Rosemary Piser
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has reported that one Illinois resident has contracted Legionnaire’s Disease. Specific information about the resident, including their medical condition, is not available at this time.
In order to identify the potential sources of exposure to the bacteria that causes Legionnaire’s Disease, the IDPH is gathering information about the individual’s recent travels. Several locations are currently being investigated, including the Capitol Complex and a hotel where the individual stayed during a January 2018 visit to Springfield.
Out of an abundance of caution, IDPH is providing this information to the public, given that water samples recently collected from the Capitol Complex tested positive for Legionella.
Legionella bacteria occur naturally in the environment. Water containing Legionella bacteria can be aerosolized through cooling towers, showers, hot tubs, and decorative fountains, and can cause illness when inhaled. Approximately 300 cases of Legionnaires’ disease are reported across Illinois each year.
Legionnaires’ disease usually begins with symptoms like high fever (102 degrees F – 105 degrees F), chills, muscle pain, and headache. Other symptoms may include cough (which may be dry or productive), shortness of breath, chest pain, or even gastrointestinal symptoms like diarrhea. The incubation period, the time between exposure and onset of illness, is up to 12 days.
More information about Legionnaires’ disease can be found on the IDPH website.