The Chicago Department of Public Health confirmed that a person living at a rehab facility in Chicago’s Gold Coast has died of legionella. Officials from the department have not yet confirmed the source of the bacteria.
Legionella is known as the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease. This type of bacteria can be found in water systems, such as improperly maintained plumbing, hot-water tanks, or cooling towers. People who contract the disease can exhibit symptoms similar to those of pneumonia.
Early detection is important to treatment and preventing others from becoming exposed.
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