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Auburn Community Hospital finds elevated levels of Legionella bacteria in water

Auburn Community Hospital is taking precautions after a recent test found elevated levels of Legionella bacteria in its water. The test was conducted on Friday and further tests have been taken since, but results are not expected for at least a week.

As a result, the hospital has taken steps to ensure the safety of its patients and staff. Bottled water will be provided to patients and staff, and the hospital’s water system will be flushed daily. Showers will not be allowed until special filters are installed, and patients will be monitored closely.

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Legionella is the bacteria that causes Legionnaire’s Disease, a severe form of pneumonia that can be contracted by breathing in water droplets contaminated with Legionella. Symptoms of the disease include fever, cough, muscle aches, and shortness of breath. The elderly, smokers, and those with weakened immune systems are at a higher risk of contracting the disease.

The hospital has not reported any cases of Legionnaire’s Disease at this time, but it is taking these measures as a precaution to ensure the safety of its patients and staff. Auburn Community Hospital has stated that it will continue to work closely with health officials and take any necessary actions to address the situation.