Four cases of Legionnaires’ disease confirmed in West Virginia

Four cases of Legionnaires’ disease confirmed in West Virginia

The HCHD confirmed four cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the county after news broke of one illness connected to Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort.

Lab results received by the Hancock County Health Department confirmed that four employees were tested positive for legionella bacteria.

The bacteria  is found in freshwater environments such as lakes and streams, and also can be found in places such as showerheads; sink faucets; cooling towers; hot tubs; decorative fountains; water features; hot water tanks; heaters; and large plumbing systems.

Legionnaires disease is a type of pneumonia caused by inhaling aerosol droplets of water contaminated with Legionella bacteria.

Some symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, fever, muscle aches, headaches, diarrhea, nausea and confusion.

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