PARMA, Ohio -- The Cuyahoga County Board of Health on Wednesday said an individual who spent time as a patient at the Broadview Multi-Care Center in Parma was diagnosed with Legionella.
In a press release, the board of health said the specific source of the bacteria has not been determined.
The water system has been shut down as a precautionary measure while the investigation continues. The facility has put in place temporary water use guidelines in the meantime.
Broadview Multi-Care Center released the following statement:
"Recently, a short-term resident of Broadview Multi-Care Center was admitted to the facility with
pulmonary symptoms. The individual was transferred to the hospital and later diagnosed with
Legionnaires’ disease, a type of pneumonia. The illness is not spread from person to person – it is
generally only spread to people who come into contact with an infected water source. No other patients
are showing signs or symptoms of this illness.
While we do not believe the individual contracted this disease at our facility, as a matter of precaution
and in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Health and other local agencies, we have implemented
proactive measures to contain any risk. We are working with Solid Blend Water Management Solutions,
a recognized expert in healthcare water management. As part of these precautionary measures, Solid
Blend has already conducted a hyperchlorination treatment of our water system. They have also
installed temporary filters while testing continues.
We are committed to continued communication and to working with our expert consultants, the Ohio
Department of Health and local agencies to ensure the health of our residents, visitors and employees."
On Monday, the board of health said a patient at the Altenheim Senior Living Facility in Strongsville was diagnosed with Legionella.
Legionella, more commonly known as Legionnaires' disease, is caused by a bacteria that can grow in sink faucets, cooling towers, hot tubs and hot water tanks. People over the age of 50 are more at risk. Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, fever, muscle aches and headaches.
The disease can lead to other complication, including lung failure.