It was October 2015 when medical facilities in Ocean City received a string
of patients with a rare and unusual disease. This disease is so uncommon,
it only takes two cases before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) will declare an outbreak, and there were four cases in Ocean City.
How did such a rare disease suddenly infect four people, and is someone
responsible for the victims of this potentially deadly epidemic?
Is a Maryland Condo the Epicenter of a Legionnaires’ Outbreak?
The disease we are talking about is Legionnaires’ disease. It’s
a form of pneumonia that can be caught when Legionella bacteria gets into
the lungs—usually via water mist. It is deadly to 1 out of 10 who
contract it, but if diagnosed in time, it’s very treatable.
The bacteria that causes this disease was found in the tap water of the
Golden Sands Condo, according to the Worcester County Health Department.
Health officials tested for the infectious bug after cases of Legionnaires’
began to surface at local healthcare facilities. The building management
has since been treating its water, but getting the bacteria under control
took several weeks.
Luckily, none of the victims who was infected died, but some of them have
had long lasting effects from this disease. One woman now experiences
fatigue, eye injuries, hair loss, lung issues and other symptoms thanks
to this sickness. Now, she has filed a lawsuit against the condominium
because of her lingering health issues, and she’s not alone. A couple
from Culpeper, Virginia filed a similar claim against the condo back in
November of 2016.
Property owners are expected to
provide a measure of safety for tenants and visitors on their property. Do you think the people that
run this property did enough to prevent this outbreak? Tell us what you
think in the comments section, or head over to our
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