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Cuyahoga County Board of Health investigating case of Legionnaires' disease at senior living facility

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Posted at 10:44 PM, Sep 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-24 18:14:02-04

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — A patient at a Strongsville senior living facility has been diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease.

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health said the specific source of the bacteria that got a patient sick at the Altenheim Senior Living Facility is unknown.

As a precautionary measure, the water system at the facility has been shut down while the public health department investigates.

Paul Psota, CEO of the Altenheim Senior Living Facility, said the patient is no longer experiencing symptoms.

"Altenheim has been working closely with the Ohio and Cuyahoga County Departments of Health on the matter. We are pleased to report that the following additional precautionary measures are being implemented, which will allow water usage at the Rehab Center to resume while additional investigation takes place: the Center’s water system is being hyper-chlorinated, and appropriate filters are being installed at all water outlets," Psota said.

Legionnaires' disease is usually spread through water droplets in the air, according to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.