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Some doctors seek Legionnaires' testing for their patients




Health officials are still awaiting test results for Wilson Pines after seven cases of Legionnaires’ disease were recently linked to the facility.

County health officials said Wilson Pines has completed a "hyper chlorination process and have installed 0.2 micron filters to any water taps that are in use.” Those micron filters provide an "absolute barrier to the Legionella bacteria,” officials said.

Initial environmental samples taken from Wilson Pines tested positive for Legionella. The second set of samples were taken after the they completed the hyper chlorination process. Those results should be back early next week.

County health officials confirmed three additional cases of Legionnaires’ disease Tuesday. And for the first time, one of the cases isn’t linked to any health care facility.

That brings Wilson County’s total up to 11 cases announced since June 13, matching all of last year.

There are three cases linked to Longleaf-Neuro Medical Treatment Center. Those cases were all residents. Two there were classified as retrospective cases or no longer symptomatic.

Health department spokeswoman Joyce Wetherington said some doctors and health care providers in the community have requested tests for patients who display symptoms of pneumonia and fall into categories typically susceptible to Legionnaire’s disease.

Urine is tested and a chest X-ray is performed.

From staff reports
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