NASA Glenn Research Center: Employee diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

CLEVELAND, Ohio - A catering employee at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland has been diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease according to officials at the research center.

The NASA Glenn Research Center said they became aware of the employee's illness on Tuesday afternoon and closed the cafeteria where the employee works as a precaution.


Here is the entire statement from the NASA Glenn Research Center:

An individual who works for Marigold Catering in the Sprout Cafe at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. NASA Glenn management became aware of this individual’s condition late Tuesday afternoon, September 15.

As a precaution, the cafeteria was closed to allow a Glenn response team and a third party expert in Legionnaires’ disease assessments to conduct an environmental assessment and inspection for legionella, as recommended by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The findings of these activities will determine our next step in the process.

The health and security of the Glenn workforce is the center management’s number one concern. We are monitoring the situation and will providing updates to the workforce as they become available.


Cuyahoga Co. Health Commissioner Terry Allan said the Board of Health is investigating the possible case of Legionnaires' disease; health officials have not yet determined the source.

Allan said the Board of Health is still working to identify and contact the employee. It has reached out to local hospitals to see if they have any reported cases.

According to the National Institutes of Health, Legionnaires' disease is a severe form of pneumonia caused by bacteria. It is contracted by breathing in mist from water containing the bacteria and may originate from hot tubs, showers or an air conditioning unit in a large building. It is not spread through human-to-human contact or food. Symptoms include high fever, chills, cough and, sometimes, muscle aches and headaches, according to NIH.

Back in August, there was an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in New York and a local Brunswick woman passed away from complications of “community-acquired” Legionnaires’ disease.