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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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Q: How do you get a permit to sell food at community events?
A: Temporary food permits are issued by our office. See www.bfhd.wa.gov/eh/fstfse.php for more information.

Q: Is West Nile virus active in our community?
A: Yes. Please check www.bfhd.wa.gov/wnv for more information and for tips to Fight The Bite.

Q: How to apply for the Washington Health Program?

Q: Where are your offices?
A: We now have 2 offices.
Kennewick 7102 W Okanogan Pl
Pasco 412 W Clark

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A: Our hours are listed on each page of the website just under the main menu. Some services are not available during all hours, please call 460 4200 for more information

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A: Food Handler Card Classes are held Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Call (509) 460-4205 to make an appointment for the class.

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Benton Franklin Health District
7102 W Okanogan Pl
Kennewick WA
(509) 460 4200
412 W Clark
Pasco WA
(509) 547-9737

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Personal Emergency for Medical, Police, Fire, or Other: 911
Washington Poison Center: 1 (800) 222-1222 (www.wapc.org)
Washington Community Resource Information: 211 (www.win211.org)
BFHD Public Health Emergency/Imminent Health Hazard After-Hours Reporting: 509-543-3851
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