Legionnaires' Disease in Long-Term Facility Settings -- Recent Outbreak at Stadium Place Assisted Living Facility in Baltimore City, Maryland Infects Seven People and Kills One Resident

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Legionnaires' disease is caused by a bacteria known as Legionella that is often found in water.  People may contract this disease if they breathe in mist or vapor, or drink water containing Legionella bacteria.  The most common result of an infection is acute pneumonia.   

Legionnaires' disease is not contagious and has a 2 to 14 day incubation period.  Symptoms of the disease include fever, cough, headaches, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting and chills.  Legionnaires' disease is treated with antibiotics and can be fatal especially in the elderly.

Legionella bacteria often develops and grows in warm water environments including hot water tanks, cooling towers, plumbing systems, air conditioning systems, and hot tubs. 

Legionnaires' disease outbreaks may occur at long-term care facilities including nursing homes or assisted living facilities.  There was an outbreak at the Stadium Place Apartments, an assisted living facility located in Baltimore City, Maryland, first reported in October of 2009.  There have been seven confirmed cases of Legionnaire's disease, including one death.  The Baltimore City Health Department is investigating these cases along with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the United States Centers for Disease Control ("CDC").  Very recently, a Stadium Place visitor was diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease and special measures regarding use of water were re-implemented in one of the Stadium Place buildings known as Venable II.

Please feel free to contact the lawyers at Dever & Feldstein, LLC at (888) 825-9119 for a free consultation if a family member or loved one has contracted Legionnaire's disease secondary to nursing home and/or assisted living facility exposure. 

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