Legionnaires’ disease: one death, 14 confirmed cases

The Minneapolis Star Tribune has reported that one person has died and 14 people have confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease as a result of an outbreak in Hopkins, Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Health Department, it is likely there will be more cases because of the incubation period of up to ten days. The source of this outbreak is currently being investigated.

What causes Legionnaires’ disease?

This disease is severe pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria. It can be cultured and confirmed. This bacteria is unknowingly inhaled by people through mist or vapor from a water source such as hot tubs, showers, cooling towers or large plumbing systems in hospitals, nursing homes or hotels. This is often caused by systems not being properly cleaned or disinfected.

How is Legionnaires treated?

This disease can result in death or serious illness. Mortality has been estimated at 10{73438c93b9a6e6bfc5cd31bf6578637c675720219417f2f1a65e7c8e6c24cfa4} by the Centers for Disease Control. These flu-like symptoms include fever, headache, shortness of breath, muscle aches and a dry cough. Antibiotics are needed to combat the bacteria. The longer there is a delay in treatment, the worse the outcome.

What are my legal rights if I become infected?

A person with confirmed Legionnaires’ disease may be entitled to legal compensation from the owner of the contaminated source for their failure to properly clean and/or disinfect the water source. GoldenbergLaw has over 30 years of experience in investigating and proving cases related to infections. Please contact Stuart Goldenberg at (800) 504-0281 or slgoldenberg@goldenberglaw.com.