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Fire Hydrant Tests Positive for Legionella

A fire hydrant in North Ocean City, Maryland recently tested positive for low levels of Legionella bacteria.  The Worchester County Health Department (WCHD) initially reported bacteria found at an Ocean City hotel weeks ago when two vacationers contracted Legionnaire’s disease.  Local officials stress that they believe the water does not pose a threat to public safety and no restrictions have been issued.   

Additional samples were taken and they are still waiting on the results.  The town is working closely with  (WCHD) and the Maryland Department of the Environment to resolve the matter quickly and safeguard against any further issues.

Legionnaire’s disease (LD) is a form of pneumonia caused by exposure to the aquatic bacteria known as Legionella pneumophila.  You can be exposed to Legionella by inhalation of aerosolized Legionella contaminated water droplets or by aspiration or choking on Legionella contaminated drinking water.  LD develops 2-14 days after exposure and symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, flu-like symptoms such as chills and body aches, and confusion or other mental changes.  LD is diagnosed by a medical provider and antibiotics are required for treatment. Fortunately, not everyone who is exposed to Legionella will develop the illness and the disease is not spread from person to person.

For more information relating to Legionella, Legionnaire’s disease, please contact us at solutions@cogencyteam.com

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