There are now a total of 14 cases in the Western Suburbs, most of them
"We are tightening up that there may be some additional cases, although some corrective measures have been taken," says Dr. Ngozi Jezike, director of public health in Illinois.
Twelve of the cases were first reported in the Covenant living in Holmstad. Two new cases have been reported in the surrounding community.
Symptoms include fever, chills, muscle aches, coughing and shortness of breath. The most at-risk people are over the age of 50, current and former smokers and those with weakened immune systems.
"Obviously, we are warning our healthcare providers in the area to be vigilant and to test specifically for Legionnaires' disease.
The cleanup is in this retirement community and in the surrounding area. Crews pay special attention to cooling towers.
they can inhale it, and these plumes can extend up to a kilometer or two, "Ezike said.
Dr. Ezike said there has been a dramatic increase in Legionella cases since 2000.
" We are watching it more potentially because of the warmer climate. It's a more favorable environment for bacteria, "she says. [1
Twenty-two people died from Legionnaires' disease this year.
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