Board of Health: NASA Glenn Research Center employee tests negative for Legionnaires’

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cuyahoga County Board of Health confirms that test results for a suspected case of Legionnaires' Disease at the NASA Glenn Research Center are negative.

Earlier this week, NASA Glenn Research Center released a statement saying one of its catering employees had been diagnosed with the disease and that the cafeteria in which they worked was closed as a precaution.

According to the Board of Health, however, when test results came back for the worker, they were negative.

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.

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