2 Dead In Outbreak Of Legionnaires At Ohio Retirement Community

Two people are dead after contracting Legionnaires disease.(Photo: Wesley Ridge Retirement Community website)
Two people are dead after contracting Legionnaires disease.(Photo: Wesley Ridge Retirement Community website)

Franklin County Health officials have confirmed that two people have died from an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at an eastside retirement community.

Of the 17 people who have been affected by the disease one died this week and another the week before. The names and ages of the deceased have not being released. Five people remain hospitalized.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating the outbreak.

Approximately 200 seniors live at the Wesley Ridge Retirement Community in Reynoldsburg. The first case was reported July 9.

Franklin County Health Commissioner Susan Tilgner says there are currently no plans to shut down the retirement facility. She says the retirement community staff has taken all necessary precautions to keep residents away from the source of the outbreak.

Legionnaires’ is not contagious. It is contracted by breathing in contaminated mist or vapor.

Residents are drinking bottled water and taking showers at an offsite facility.

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