An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at a Ohio auto supply store killed one worker and left another seriously ill.
Legionella, the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease, is a powerful contaminant that is difficult to trace. It often thrives in watery environments, including pools, hot tubs, cooling towers and local water systems. At high temperatures, water that contains legionella can enter the body through the nose or mouth in the form of water vapor.
Managers of AAP, the auto supply store, are not sure where the bacteria originated from, but say that they have sanitized much of the workspace. Officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration performed an investigation and took samples from the site. It expects results within a week.
Legionnaires’ disease begins with flu-like symptoms, including coughing, fever and headaches. See a doctor immediately if you suspect that contaminated water led to your illness.
Our Columbus workers comp attorneys can answer questions you might have after sustaining an injury or contracting an illness from your place of employment. Call us today at 614-221-7548. We can explain the difference between a workplace injury and occupational disease and discuss your options for workers compensation benefits or Social Security disability insurance.
Did You Know?: According to the CDC, up to 18,000 people require hospital treatment every year due to Legionnaires’ Disease.
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