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Fifth case of Legionnaires' diagnosed




A fifth case of Legionnaires’ disease has been diagnosed in Wilson County.

A Wilson Pines Nursing and Rehabilitation Center resident is recovering at Wilson Medical Center, according to local health officials.

The person is being treated for pneumonia, said Joyce Wetherington, public information officer for the Wilson County Health Department.

Wetherington said they are still waiting to get the results back for two other people who have been tested for suspected cases.

There are still no answers about the source of the Legionella bacteria.

"We thought the results would be back before now, but we are still waiting,” Wetherington said.

Wetherington said an engineering team is in Wilson working with Wilson Pines Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

A sign posted on the door of Wilson Pines Nursing and Rehabilitation Center from an administrator said they are working with Wilson County Health Department to "monitor for the bacteria and institute best practices to contain its spread. In addition, we have instituted common prophylactic measures as a precaution.”

Wetherington said the facility has gallon jugs of water at the nursing stations and throughout the facility and free-standing hand washing stations have been brought in until the ban on water in the facility comes to an end.

Legionnaires’ is a form of bacterial pneumonia. A person may develop Legionnaires’ if he or she is exposed to Legionella through breathing contaminated mist or vapor.

Wetherington said Legionella can be found in most water systems but most people are healthy and are not affected by it. She said those most vulnerable have respiratory problems, diabetes or other ailments.

She said most people are able to recover with antibiotics.

In another of the cases, health officials confirmed that one of people who tested positive for Legionnaires’ disease was not a resident of Wilson Pines. She was a visitor.

The woman told The Times her condition was first thought to be pneumonia. She was hospitalized and suffered cardiac arrest. Her respiratory condition caused abnormal heart rhythm and a fast heartbeat, she said. Her heart had to be "shocked” twice at her hospital bedside.

The woman is home now but remains on oxygen with physical therapists and home health nurses.

janet@wilsontimes.com | 265-7847

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jeff west said...

Hvac system needs to be cleaned. That was cause of 70s outbreak.

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