- The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced the comeback.
- They reveal the consequences of this bacterium.
- Legionella causes Legionnaires’ disease and could cause another disease.
Legionella bacteria reappears in US hospital. Health authorities in the United States announced the reappearance of the bacteria that causes “Legionnaires” disease and even another less serious disease called “Pontiac fever,” according to the CDC.
The bacteria were detected during a “routine screening” carried out to detect the Legionella bacteria that cause “Legionnaires” disease. This screening was triggered by problems detected in April 2021 at the Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital.
Legionella bacteria reappear in hospital
This was announced by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) in a statement distributed on its official website on Monday, September 13. The hospital is operated by DHHR itself.
“The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) has detected a recurrence of the Legionella bacteria,” the statement read. “Legionella bacteria are naturally found in freshwater environments, such as lakes and streams,” the CDC notes.
They warn of the risks of Legionella bacteria
The detection results “show the presence of Legionella in the MMBH basement break room and inside the CEO’s office,” according to the statement. “Bacteria can become a health problem when they grow and spread in water systems,” say the CDC.
“In April 2021, the hospital replaced all the taps and the water heater and installed a recirculation pump. All water sources have been periodically tested since April, ”noted the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.
The building will remain open despite Legionella bacteria
“Samples collected after mitigation efforts did not detect Legionella bacteria until recent verification tests were conducted,” said DHHR. “The facility is following all recommended procedures to address the issue immediately,” said Dr. Ayne Amjad, State Health Officer.
“The two areas will be resampled and washed. DHHR is working directly with MMBH to remedy the situation. Since there is no risk to the public, the buildings will remain open during the evaluation and correction period, ”the statement said.
Where does this bacteria occur?
According to information from the CDC, Legionella can occur in shower heads and sink faucets, as well as “cooling towers,” Jacuzzis, decorative fountains and water features, as well as heaters and plumbing systems.
“People can contract Legionnaires’ disease or Pontiac fever when they breathe in small droplets of water in the air that contain the bacteria,” says the official site. In addition, the CDC noted who the people are most at risk.
What are the symptoms?
“People at higher risk of aspiration include those with swallowing difficulties,” notes the CDC text. “In general, people do not pass Legionnaires’ disease and Pontiac fever to other people. However, this may be possible in rare circumstances, ”the agency warns.
The federal agency also asks people who believe they have been exposed to Legionella bacteria and who have symptoms such as fever, cough, chills or muscle aches, to speak to their doctor immediately for monitoring.
Who is most at risk of getting sick?
People 50 years of age or older, current or former smokers, people with a chronic lung disease (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or emphysema), or People with weak immune systems or who take medications that weaken the immune system (such as after a lung surgery). transplant or chemotherapy), are at risk.
Also people with cancer and with underlying diseases such as diabetes, kidney failure or liver failure are at high risk of becoming ill with this Legionella bacteria, according to a statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
CDC investigates deli salmonella outbreak in 17 states
On the other hand, the CDC recently asked not to consume popular foods. Health authorities in the United States are investigating a salmonella outbreak that would have been unleashed in 17 states by sausages that now ask not to eat them.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced an investigation into a salmonella outbreak that may be related to Italian-style meats, in this case, cold cuts, it reported. ABC News Thursday, August 26.
Salmonella outbreak investigated by sausages
The CDC reported 36 sick and 12 hospitalized in 17 states and found that most of those people had eaten trays or boards of uncured Fratelli Beretta brand antipasto before becoming ill, according to a release issued on Thursday.
The alert does not include deli cut meats, ABC News mentioned in its report. And despite the dozens of patients, so far no deaths have been reported.
Salami, prosciutto, among others, linked to salmonella outbreak from sausages
In its statement, the CDC advised people not to eat prepackaged trays of uncured Fratelli Beretta brand antipasto, which include uncured salami, prosciutto, capicola (cup) or soppressata (another type of salami).
Fratelli Beretta sausage trays were sold throughout the United States and have expiration dates of February 11, 2022 or even before that limit, ABC News said in its report on the salmonella outbreak.
They ask not to eat the sausages who triggered the alert at the CDC
Investigation is ongoing to determine if other products are linked to the diseases. For now, the CDC is asking people not to eat these trays of sausage.
In its statement, the CDC said that if you bought any of these Fratelli Beretta sausage trays you should throw them away, even if you’ve already eaten any of them and no one got sick. In turn, they emphasized that if you do not know the brand of these prepackaged meats in the Italian style that you have at home, do not eat them and throw them in the trash. They also said that you should wash items, containers and surfaces that may have touched these products in hot soapy water or in a dishwasher.