Health officials are warning parents and students returning to in-person instruction that traces of Legionella, the bacteria responsible for Legionnaires disease, have been found at several schools in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Legionnaires disease is a serious and sometimes fatal type of pneumonia which can be caught by breathing in mist from water contaminated with the bacteria. The bacteria can multiply in dormant water systems.
“It causes a lung infection, if it’s at high enough dose. And that lung infection can be fairly serious for people who have immunocompromised immune systems, or prior smokers that have… preexisting conditions,” said Andrew Whelton, an associate professor of civil engineering and environmental and ecological engineering at Purdue University.
During an interview with CBSN. Whelton presented three ways that Legionella could be detected at schools: “stagnant or slowly-flowing water, warmer water temperatures and little to no chemical disinfectant.” Similar concerns have been raised about the potential bacteria in empty office buildings that have been shut down during the pandemic.
There are currently no federal regulations that require testing or disclosure of test results for the bacteria found in schools.
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