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If so, The Lange Law Firm, PLLC can help. Our attorney understands how to investigate and handle Legionnaires’ disease and contaminated water cases and can help you and your family with a legal claim for serious illness. We believe that those responsible need to be held accountable for allowing contaminated water.
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A sick person who has symptoms of both pneumonia and gastrointestinal issues, such as diarrhea and/or nausea, should be tested for Legionella. It is only through testing that a doctor can make a diagnosis of Legionnaires’ disease.
There are several ways healthcare providers can diagnose Legionnaires’ disease. Many physicians may use chest x-rays or other radiology to compare the lungs and look for infection. Some physicians may also test sputum or mucus of an infected patient via live culture to find the presence of these bacteria in a patient’s lungs.
According to the New Jersey Health Commissioner Shereef Elnahal, “This is a continuing investigation… Out of an abundance of caution, the Department recommends that individuals who live in Union County who become ill with pneumonia-like/respiratory symptoms, such as fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, and headache, visit their healthcare provider.”
22 cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been confirmed in Union County since March and 5 of those people have died, New Jersey health officials said Friday.
Health officials described those who died from the disease as five “older adults” who had significant other health problems. The 22 cases between March 8 and May 13 all involved people who live in or visited Union County, though health officials did not provide any more specific information about the outbreak, which they described as a “cluster.”
She noted that a “vast majority” of those who fell ill live in Union County.
The DOH says it is currently working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health departments in Union County to investigate this cluster.
As it can take up to two weeks for symptoms to develop, so the NJDOH recommends that those who develop these same symptoms within two weeks of visiting Union County seek urgent medical attention. NJDOH has alerted healthcare providers in the area.
However, many cases of Legionnaires’ disease go undiagnosed due to lack of testing. Oftentimes, the disease is misdiagnosed as pneumonia. If you or someone you love lives in the Union County and has pneumonia-like symptoms, medical attention is highly recommended.
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* Legionnaires’ disease symptoms begin about 2-10 days after exposure to contaminated water droplets or water vapor.
* These symptoms can include:
* It is not uncommon for people who are infected with Legionnaires’ disease to require hospitalization and undergo intensive treatments. This is why immediate medical attention for anyone suspecting they have Legionnaires’ disease is highly recommended.
* Legionella bacteria (the bacteria responsible for Legionnaires’ disease) are usually found in larger buildings, including hotels, hospitals, schools, theme parks, care facilities, and even mega resorts. Legionella bacterium grows well in sources that lack proper maintenance and sanitization. Drinking water systems are the primary source of Legionella bacteria, as are air conditioning units, cooling towers, hot tubs, pools, and even fountains. Further, other places can incubate and spread these bacteria, like humidifiers, whirlpool spas, hot springs, sprinklers, showers, and mist machines.
The New Jersey Department of Health and the CDC is currently investigating this outbreak. As the investigation continues, more cases and states are likely to be linked to the outbreak. The health department confirms that their investigators are testing water towers in the area to identify the exact source.
If you fell seriously ill or were hospitalized with severe pneumonia or Legionnaire’s disease and you reside or have been near Union County, call The Lange Law Firm, PLLC right away. We’ll get to work on your case immediately and help hold the negligent parties accountable for your illness.
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