Legionella uncovered throughout Fairmont HS, employee diagnosed with Legionnaires

KETTERING — Kettering school officials uncovered Legionella in multiple locations at Kettering Fairmont High School after an employee was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease.

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“This prompted the district to hire Solid Blend Water Management Solutions to do a complete test of all water systems at Fairmont High School,” school spokeswoman Kari Basson told News Center 7 Wednesday. “They did confirm the presence of Legionella in four locations in the building, and we are currently working with them to mitigate the situation.”

Legionella is a bacteria that can cause a serious type of pneumonia called Legionnaires’ disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Legionella can become a health concern when it grows and spreads in human-made building water systems.

Kettering school officials said they are working today on-site with Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County, as well as the Ohio Department of Health, at Fairmont High School to develop a plan of action.