Kettering Medical Center detects Legionella in water supply

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The Kettering Medical Center in Miamisburg, Ohio, discovered Legionella in its hot water system in mid-March, reports the local news channel WHIO.

The hospital is treating its water supply to get rid of the bacteria and will do more tests to confirm it’s gone. This comes from a statement from the Kettering (Ohio) Health Network, which owns the hospital.

“As an additional measure, filters were installed and bottled drinking water was made available to patients and employees,” the health system said in a March 19 statement to Becker’s.

The presence of the bacteria has not disrupted routine hospital operations, and staff are closely monitoring patients for signs of Legionnaires’ disease, according to the Kettering Health Network.

Legionnaires’ disease is transmitted when drops of water containing Legionella are inhaled. According to the CDC, around 10 percent of people infected with legionnaires die.

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