Legionella discovered in water supply at Kettering Medical Center

KETTERING, Ohio — Legionella has been found in the water supply at Kettering Medical Center, according to a statement released today.

After reaching out to the hospital, the following statement was provided by Kettering Health Network:

“Last week, a test of the hot water system at Kettering Medical Center discovered the bacterium legionella. Upon receipt of the test results, immediate precautions for patients, staff and visitors were put in place. The system is being treated to eliminate bacteria and further testing of the water is being performed to confirm this. As additional measures, filters have been installed and bottled drinking water was provided to patients and staff.

There has been no interruption of hospital operations. Hospital staff continue to closely monitor patients. Hospital leaders reported the matter to the Ohio Department of Health and Dayton-Montgomery County Public Health and will continue to keep health officials updated.”

According to the CDC’s website, people who get sick from being exposed to Legionella could see the following symptoms:

· Cough

· Shortness of breath

· Fever

· Muscle aches

· headaches

Health officials also said people with Legionnaire’s Disease could display symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea and confusion and usually begin two to 10 days after being exposed to the bacteria.

The CDC says if you believe you have developed any of the symptoms above, to see a doctor right away. It’s also important to let the doctor know that you may have been exposed to legionella.

News Center 7′s Sean Cudahy has been following the story today and will provide more information on WHIO-TV beginning at 5pm