COLUMBUS, Ohio — At least two cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been confirmed in individuals who recently received treatment at Mount Carmel East, according to a spokesperson for Mount Carmel Health System.
Mount Carmel released a statement Saturday night in regard to the “possible healthcare-associated” cases.
Mount Carmel says it is partnering with Columbus Public Health, the Ohio Department of Health and the CDC to identify the source of the bacteria.
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“We’ve taken several steps to protect our patients, staff and visitors, including implementing extensive water restrictions throughout the hospital. We are running additional tests on water sources throughout the hospital and our entire water supply is undergoing hyperchlorination,” Mount Carmel said in a statement.
“We’re confident that we can safely maintain full services of the hospital while we study this situation.”
The hospital says while the risk of developing the disease is low for most, individuals with chronic underlying conditions are at increased risk. Anyone who has been hospitalized and develops cough, muscle aches, headaches, fever, shortness of breath should contact their primary care physician.
“As always, the safety of our patients is our top priority. We will continue testing the water over the next few weeks in coordination with CPH, ODH and CDC,” Mount Carmel said.
In April, Mount Carmel Grove City admitted one patient diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. An investigation by Franklin County Public Health confirmed 16 cases of the disease.
The Legionella bacteria was also found at Mount Carmel College of Nursing.
One person died after being diagnosed with the disease at the Grove City branch.