Officials narrow source of Legionella to 2 Shoals businesses - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Officials narrow source of Legionella to 2 Shoals businesses

A recent outbreak of Legionella pneumonia has been associated with the Glenwood Nursing Home. A recent outbreak of Legionella pneumonia has been associated with the Glenwood Nursing Home.
FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -

Health officials said they have found Legionella bacteria in three cooling towers and are working to determine if those towers have any connections to Glenwood Nursing Home, the facility linked to the outbreak.

Officials said two of the towers are located at Regency Square Mall, the other at Southwire, which is located in Florence's industrial park.

Tests are ongoing at the towers by state health officials to determine if there is a link between any cooling towers and the Glenwood Nursing Home outbreak. As a precaution, the towers have been turned off and the owners are working with the health department to receive information on proper cleaning of the towers.

Health officials said cooling towers on rooftops can dispense water droplets over some distance, and is the method Legionella travels - through the environment, not person-to-person.

Monday, Regency Square Mall released a statement:

Regency Square Mall uses a third party contractor to provide preventative biocidal measures for its cooling towers and has cooperated fully with the Alabama Department of Public Health in its requests to sample the chiller water.

On Thursday, October 17th, the mall voluntarily shut down and resterilized its cooling towers before any test results were available and will complete retesting before the chillers are reactivated.

Brenda Gresham has been anxiously following the news of the area's outbreak of Legionnaire's Disease. She had just come from Regency Square Mall.

"I've stayed away from the nursing home. My sister is there. I probably won't be coming back to the mall until I know more about it. I trust the Lord that he keeps me healthy," Gresham said.

Another Regency shopper, Sierra Hubbard, said she will be more resilient. "It's not going to stop me from going to Belk, no," she said.

15 people have been confirmed with the illness, another ten are suspected. Health officials said one of the confirmed patients has died, and two others remain in hospital for treatment.

Copyright 2013 WAFF. All rights reserved.

  • LocalMore>>

  • "Boil water" notice issued in Chattahoochee County

    "Boil water" notice issued in Chattahoochee County

    Monday, May 21 2018 12:43 AM EDT2018-05-21 04:43:52 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)
    CHATTAHOOCHEE CO., GA (WTVM) - The Chattahoochee County Water Department has issued a "boil water" notice in the "Old City Limits" area. The advisory was issued due to a system disruption Sunday. County officials say the water system is back up, however, the advisory must remain in effect as part of protocol. No other issues with the water system is expected. Water Department officials will announce when the "boil water" notice has been lifted. ...More >>
    CHATTAHOOCHEE CO., GA (WTVM) - The Chattahoochee County Water Department has issued a "boil water" notice in the "Old City Limits" area. The advisory was issued due to a system disruption Sunday. County officials say the water system is back up, however, the advisory must remain in effect as part of protocol. No other issues with the water system is expected. Water Department officials will announce when the "boil water" notice has been lifted. ...More >>
  • BREAKING: Woodruff Farm Rd. closed following vehicle accident

    BREAKING: Woodruff Farm Rd. closed following vehicle accident

    Sunday, May 20 2018 11:06 PM EDT2018-05-21 03:06:27 GMT
    (Source: AP Graphics)(Source: AP Graphics)
    (Source: AP Graphics)(Source: AP Graphics)
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus Police and EMS are on the scene of a single-vehicle crash near Macon Rd. and Woodruff Farm Rd.  Portions of Woodruff Farm Rd. have been closed while first responders treat at least one person who reportedly was ejected from the vehicle. You should avoid this area for the time being.  News Leader 9 does have a team on the scene working to learn more.  Stay with us on air and online as we bring you the latest details.  Copyrigh...More >>
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus Police and EMS are on the scene of a single-vehicle crash near Macon Rd. and Woodruff Farm Rd.  Portions of Woodruff Farm Rd. have been closed while first responders treat at least one person who reportedly was ejected from the vehicle. You should avoid this area for the time being.  News Leader 9 does have a team on the scene working to learn more.  Stay with us on air and online as we bring you the latest details.  Copyrigh...More >>
  • Petition started in opposition of housing project on Wynnton Road

    Petition started in opposition of housing project on Wynnton Road

    Sunday, May 20 2018 9:41 PM EDT2018-05-21 01:41:04 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    A proposed development to create new homes in Midtown Columbus is getting opposition from those in the area.

    More >>

    A proposed development to create new homes in Midtown Columbus is getting opposition from those in the area.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly