Legionairres' Disease (Lake County Senior Living Facility)

Legionnaires’ disease cluster among residents at a senior living facility in Lake County

The Illinois Department of Public Health, in partnership with the Lake County Health Department, is investigating five cases of Legionnaires’ disease among residents of the Brookdale Senior Living Facility in Vernon Hills, Illinois.

Patients started experiencing symptoms in late January 2020 and early February 2020.

Individuals at risk for illness include residents, staff, and visitors to the facility.

Public health officials conducted a full investigation, including an environmental assessment and water sampling. Water restrictions were implemented and control measures recommended. The facility notified staff, residents, and families. Health care professionals are looking retrospectively and prospectively to identify additional cases. To date, no additional cases has been identified.

Legionnaires’ disease is caused when a person inhales legionella bacteria into their lungs, typically through mist or vapor from a water source contaminated with the bacteria.  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/legionellosis

News release - https://www.lakecountyil.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2116.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020