Legionnaire's Disease in Long-Term Care Facility Settings -- Recent Death of Resident of the Lighthouse Senior Living Facility in Howard County, Maryland

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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.  The Howard County Health Department issued a Media Release dated November 8, 2011 reporting the recent death of an elderly male resident of the Lighthouse Senior Living Facility in Ellicott City, Maryland due to Legionnaires' disease.

According to the Howard County Health Officer Dr. Peter Beilenson, there does not appear to be any other cases among residents at this time.  It is reported further that the Howard County Health Department is working in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene ("DHMH") and Lighthouse Senior Living to assure the safety of other residents at the facility and to ensure that appropriate remediation measures occur.   

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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