Legionnaires Update: No New Cases Friday

For immediate release:
August 2, 2002

Contact: Linda Dorey
Vermont Department of Health
802-863-7281

BURLINGTON—Health officials investigating a single case of Legionnaires’ disease in Washington County have found no additional cases.

The Vermont Department of Health began its investigation after learning of a case involving a recent inmate of the Dale Women’s Facility in Waterbury.

“We haven’t found any new cases of Legionnaires’ disease,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Jan K. Carney, “but we’re continuing to investigate.”

Legionnaires’ disease is not passed from person to person. People can get it by inhaling the bacterium that causes the disease, Legionella pneumophila.

Health officials spent most of Thursday and Friday interviewing people at the Dale correctional facility, the Vermont State Hospital, and adjacent buildings in the Waterbury state office complex.

Health Department epidemiologists are also checking medical records of currently and recently hospitalized patients who have had respiratory illnesses.

For more information on Legionnaires’ disease, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website—www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dbmd/diseaseinfo/legionellosis_g.htm