According to the spokesperson of Mount Carmel Health System, he confirmed, at least two patients have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease who was recently treated at Mount Carmel East. Mount Carmel had issued a statement on Saturday night, relating to the possible healthcare-associated cases. They told them they are teaming up with the CDC, the Columbus Public Health, and the Ohio Department of Health to recognize the source of the bacteria. They have taken precautions to safeguard their patients, staff, and visitors. They are running intensive tests on water sources and implementing extensive restrictions like, the entire water supply is undergoing hyper chlorination. Mount Carmel said in the statement that they are confident enough to maintain the full safe services of the hospital while they are studying the disease.
The hospital is doing its best to protect its patients. It’s topping their list of priorities. They will continue experimenting and learning about the bacteria for the following three weeks in coordination with the other three organizations. Earlier in April, Mount Carmel Grove City had admitted that only one patient was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. Franklin County Public Health an investigation. Later, they confirmed there was a total of 16 such cases. One patient died after diagnosing the condition. Moreover, the Legionella bacteria were discovered at Mount Carmel College of Nursing. But there were no reports of anyone contracting the Legionnaire’s disease.
The Legionnaires’ disease is another form of pneumonia which is caused by any Legionella bacteria. The early symptoms of the disease are shortness of breath, cough, muscle pain, high fever, headaches, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. The incubation period differs from two to ten days. The bacteria are naturally harvested in naturally freshwater, which can contaminate hot tubs, hot water tanks, and air conditioners’ cooling towers. People who are more susceptible to it are aged-people, smoking habits, poor immune functions, and chronic lung diseases. It usually does not spread between two people, and those who get exposed, they might not get infected too.