Oahu, Legionnaire’ disease detected
Last week at the Queen’s Medical Center, a patient contracted Legionnaire’s disease.
Legionnaire disease is contracted by inhaling aerosolized water droplets. The bacteria which cause this disease is called Legionella. It grows naturally in fresh water, public plumbing water system and others. The center does analyses to find the potential source.
Legionella can develops in plumbing system and spread in showerhead, faucets, hot tubs and cooling towers.
The number of cases diagnosed in Hawaii has increased in the last two years according to Department of Health records.
2017: 14 cases
2016: 12 cases
2015: 7 cases
2014: 9 cases
2013: 9 cases
It is important to prevent potential contamination : Temperature is the fisrt factor to control. It has to be between 30°C and 50°C.
19th June 2018 – Since the publication if this article the 14th June 2018 four cases of Legionellosis have been detected. It’s not easy to find rapidly the source of the contamination but facilities have to protect residents with filters when the outbreak is developing.
23 June 2018 – This week (from the 18 June to the 22th June 2018) a patient who contracted Legionnaire disease in the Queens medical center died.