LEGIONELLA TEST RESULTS POSITIVE
KENNEWICK — Test results confirm the presence of Legionella bacteria in samples taken from the hot tub at Gold’s Gym in Kennewick. Benton-Franklin Health District obtained samples last month after two members of the club contracted Legionnaires’ disease, possibly linked to the spa and pool area at the fitness facility. A third club member was also diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. All three members have since recovered.
“The only commonality that we were able to identify between the women who got sick was the spa and pool area at Gold’s Gym in Kennewick. The positive results for Legionella tell us that the spa was the source of the bacteria,” said Rick Dawson, Senior Manager for Surveillance and Investigation at the Health District.
When the initial investigation revealed the possible link to Kennewick Gold’s Gym, the Health District requested that the spa be closed until testing was completed and the facility complied. BFHD has provided the gym’s management with the required procedure for decontamination and follow-up testing.
Legionnaires’ disease is contracted by inhaling aerosol droplets of water contaminated with the bacteria Legionella. Sources of the aerosol can include showers, hot tubs, faucets, cooling towers, misters and decorative fountains. Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacteria. Most people exposed to Legionella will not get sick; however, it can cause severe illness and sometimes result in death. Generally, people do not spread Legionnaires’ disease to other people. Legionnaires’ disease symptoms are very similar to other types of pneumonia and can include cough, shortness of breath, fever, muscle aches, and headaches.
Anyone with additional questions can contact the Health District at 509-460-4200, Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
More information on Legionnaire’s disease is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/legionella/index.html.
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