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UPDATE: 7th Case Of Legionnaires' Disease Found In Wilson


WILSON, N.C. (AP) - State health officials say two additional cases of Legionnaires' disease have been confirmed in Wilson, raising the count to seven.

The Wilson Times reports the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services identified the two cases at Longleaf Neuro-Medical Treatment Center. Officials said the second confirmed case of the disease is what is described as a "retrospective case, no longer symptomatic, discovered during routine testing after the initial discovery and diagnosis."

Health officials and an engineering company were at Longleaf on Saturday conducting an environmental assessment. Officials said Longleaf has put internal control measures in place to protect residents, visitors and staff. They are currently not taking any new clients and some visitor restrictions are in place.

Legionnaires' disease cannot be spread from person to person.

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WILSON (AP) - A fifth case of Legionnaires' Disease has been reported at a Wilson County facility.

Health officials say a fifth person was diagnosed with the lung ailment Thursday at Wilson Pines Nursing and Rehabilitation Services.

Legionnaires' is a form of bacterial pneumonia. A person may develop Legionnaires' if exposed to legionella through breathing contaminated mist or vapor. It cannot be transmitted from person to person.

Four people affected are recovering, and a fifth was taken to a hospital for treatment. The home's administrator, Peggy Bulluck, has said she and her staff are working with county health officials and the Centers for Disease Control to monitor the situation and prevent the illness from spreading.

Health officials said a full cleaning of facility water lines was expected to be complete by Friday.

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Health officials have confirmed four cases of Legionnaires' Disease at a Wilson County facility.

The Wilson Times reported two more possible cases are being tested at Wilson Pines Nursing and Rehabilitation Services.

The home's administrator, Peggy Bulluck, says she and her staff are working with the Wilson County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control to monitor the situation and prevent the spread of the illness.

Legionnaires' is a form of bacterial pneumonia. A person may develop Legionnaires' if exposed to legionella through breathing contaminated mist or vapor. It cannot be transmitted from person to person.

Health department officials say the four people are recovering.

Department spokeswoman Joyce Wetherington says samples from waterlines have been taken. The results are expected later this week.

(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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