Bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ found at Wayne State campus

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This undated image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a large grouping of Legionella pneumophila bacteria (Legionnaires’ disease). Most deaths from Legionnaires’ disease are tied to hospital and nursing home showers, not outdoor cooling towers, new government figures released Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015 show. The germ spreads into the lungs […]

Wayne State University in Detroit says the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease has been identified in cooling towers on three campus buildings and in bathrooms at three other buildings.
The announcement Wednesday follows testing for legionella that took place after an employee who works in the school’s Faculty Administration Building was earlier diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease.
The school plans more tests. Experts also will help re-evaluate the school’s water treatment and monitoring procedures.
The cooling towers are at Towers Residential Suites, which contains student housing; Purdy/Kresge Library; and the College of Education Building. Disinfection work began Wednesday. The bathrooms, including one in the Faculty Administration Building, are closed.
Legionnaires’ is a pneumonia caused by bacteria that thrive in warm water and infect the lungs via water vapor that’s inhaled.

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